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Asbestos workers may be benefiting from PPE and safety glovesPosted on 01/07/2009

Asbestos workers may be benefiting from PPE and safety gloves

Building site employees working with asbestos have been provided with better safety measures such as personal protective equipment (PPE) over time, as knowledge of the substance has improved.

That is according to a spokesman for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), who believes that as science has moved on, health risks associated with the substance have been identified.

The spokesman commented: 'As the science has moved on and awareness of the health risks caused, then the regulatory response has changed, increasing protections for workers who are exposed to asbestos.'

Recent statistics from the HSE show that fatal injuries in workplaces and building sites have reached an all-time low as more companies are looking to invest their time in regulations and PPE such as safety gloves.

Asbestos was widely used in the 1970s during the construction of many buildings to protect materials from the effects of fire.

However, it has subsequently been found to create a number of breathing conditions among some people working closely to it.

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