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Respiratory protection for workers as asbestos ad returnsPosted on 12/12/2011

Respiratory protection for workers as asbestos ad returns

An award-winning advert highlighting the dangers asbestos poses to tradesman is making a return after a campaign by the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT).

Despite its success, the advert was shelved by the government earlier this year, but UCATT has successfully lobbied for its return.

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), around 20 workers die from asbestos-related problems every week.

One of the ways workers can protect themselves is by wearing the appropriate respiratory protection: an FFP3-rated mask.

UCATT is delighted with the decision to reinstate the advertisements entitled 'Hidden Killer'.

Acting general secretary of UCATT George Guy said: "All the feedback shows that the campaign has been successful in educating construction workers on the dangers of asbestos."

UCATT's position is supported by Natascha Engel, the Labour MP for North East Derbyshire.

"[The campaign] should never have been frozen in the first place. Far too many people every year die from asbestos diseases," she said. 

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