A new campaign aims to warn tradesmen about the dangers of asbestos.

Mesothelioma Cancer News (UK) – A new campaign has been created to warn tradesman about the potential dangers of asbestos exposure. As reported by BBC News, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) national campaign is targeting those most at risk for asbestos-related diseases to provide information about risks and protecting themselves.

John Greig, a former railway worker who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma is quoted in the BBC report as warning others, “Asbestos is something you don’t see and it took me 40 years before I displayed symptoms and discovered I had mesothelioma. Please learn from my story… Nothing can make up for your health but you don’t realize that when you are young. Be careful, use the correct equipment and remember the dangers.”

Greg Haywood, head of HSE’s Asbestos Licensing Unit, is further quoted in the report as stating of the need for a national awareness campaign, “Contrary to what many people believe, the risks are not a thing of the past. Asbestos-related illnesses claim the lives of 4,000 people every year ? more than die in road accidents.”

Haywood is further quoted as advising tradesmen, “the most simple, but important, advice is if you are not 100% certain that there is no asbestos where you are working, then don’t start work. It is not worth the risk.”

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