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Union hails restart of asbestos campaign

12 Dec 11 Construction union Ucatt has welcomed the Health & Safety Executive’s decision to resume its ‘Hidden Killer’ asbestos awareness campaign in 2012.

The Hidden Killer campaign was launched by the HSE in 2008 and warned construction workers, particularly those involved in maintenance and refurbishment work, of the dangers of asbestos.

Construction workers are now the group most likely to be exposed to asbestos in the workplace. Despite this, there is a very high level of ignorance of the continuing dangers of asbestos among these workers, Ucatt says.

A further phase of the campaign was due to have taken place in October 2010 but was suspended amid public spending constraints.

Ucatt acting general secretary George Guy said the resumption of the campaign was “excellent news”. He said: “The Hidden Killer campaign saves lives. A fresh phase of the campaign is long overdue. All the feedback shows that the campaign has been successful in educating construction workers on the dangers of asbestos.”

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