Expert Welcomes HSE’s Reassurance Over Asbestos Campaign

'Hidden Killers' Campaign Ongoing

03.02.2011

An asbestos-related disease specialist at Irwin Mitchell has welcomed the news that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) continues to recognise the importance of its Hidden Killers campaign.

Media reports had suggested that the organisation had chosen to cancel the campaign, which is aimed around raising awareness of the inherent dangers that asbestos exposure can pose to workers and the public.

However, the HSE has responded in a letter with reassurances that the initiative is currently in the process of being assessed but will continue to be a priority for the body in the future.

Adrian Budgen, an expert at Irwin Mitchell who regularly provides advice to those who have been exposed to asbestos as a result of an employer or someone else’s negligence, welcomed the news.

He said: “Asbestos is the biggest occupational killer of all time and I regularly speak to those who were exposed to the deadly material decades ago but only now experiencing the terrible consequences.

“Lessons need to be learnt from such devastating cases and it is vital that those working in the construction industry are given the right guidance, protective equipment and training when it comes to handling asbestos or working in buildings where it is present.

“Employers cannot ignore their responsibilities in relation to addressing the issue and I hope this campaign will continue to raise awareness of the importance of safety.”