1st April to 7th April marks Global Asbestos Awareness Week. A week aimed at raising public awareness of the dangers of asbestos.
Although asbestos was banned in the UK in 2000 people are still being exposed to asbestos today. The ban on asbestos products being used did stop those working on new construction projects from being exposed, however it did not address the issue of existing buildings which contain asbestos.
Although people are now more aware of asbestos and the dangers it poses, each week there are still people being exposed to asbestos and firms are being fined for poor work practice where asbestos is concerned. Whilst fines may cause companies to improve their future work practices, unfortunately it does not help those who have already been exposed to asbestos.
We are regularly contacted by people who have recently been exposed to asbestos but unfortunately there is nothing that can be done immediately after exposure, save for gathering insurance details from the offending company and recording the details of their exposure. Due to the latency period of asbestos related conditions it is not until 10 to 50 years after exposure that any health problems come to light.
The only way to be sure that people will not be affected by asbestos related conditions is to prevent exposure by raising awareness.