Did you know that asbestos is the single biggest cause of work related deaths in the UK? The naturally occurring substance, which was installed in homes and other buildings as a safety measure, kills on average 5,000 people every year.

It’s an alarming figure, made all the more distressing by the fact that asbestos is considered as dangerous as fire, when it was originally introduced as a fire prevention method.

When asbestos is broken it creates dust and when this dust is breathed in it causes irreparable damage to the lungs. This is called asbestosis and is just one of the conditions caused by asbestos, including lung cancer, mesothelioma and pleural disease.

While the use of asbestos has been banned a lot of it remains in UK premises.

The best way to ensure that you and your workers are safe from the effects of asbestos is to call on the expertise of an accredited health and safety consultant. The best way to find the right consultant is a visit to the Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register online.

OSHCR.org is the simplest way to guarantee that your health and safety consultant meets the highest standards in the compliance industry and specialises in asbestos detection and removal.

A wide variety of professionals and tradesman are at high risk of asbestos exposure, including carpenters, roofers, electricians, builders and mechanics.

Control of Asbestos Regulations state that the people responsible for the maintenance of work buildings have a duty to manage any asbestos which might be present within them. If you have concerns about the presence of asbestos in your workplace, and the potential risks involved, why not pay a visit to the OSHCR website today and find an accredited and experienced consultant in your area?

First published by OSHCR on Google+ on 25 Nov 2014