Asbestos was banned in construction projects from 1999 but of course it is still present in many buildings which predate the ban. UKATA (UK Asbestos Training Association) provide a number of different training programmes for people whose work might bring them into contact with asbestos, either regularly or as a rare one off. Asbestos related diseases are all very serious and estimates suggest that they will keep on appearing for many years to come, based on exposure before the ban. The aim of UKATA is to minimise exposure in the future until eventually asbestos related disease will be a thing of the past. Where asbestos is found in large amounts in a building, it has to be dealt with by licensed asbestos removal companies who not only know how to take the asbestos out of the building but also can ensure its safe disposal. With no ‘safe’ level of asbestos fibres in the air (the only safe level is zero) the accepted level is 0.1 fibres per cubic centimetre and every project where asbestos is found must be monitored to ensure that this minimum control level is adhered to and training covers this monitoring and record keeping.
Asbestos related disease
Mesothelioma is the best known asbestos related disease, the most serious but also the least common. Other diseases include fibrosis of the lungs and other breathing problems and although every care is taken by UKATA to ensure that everyone is adequately trained, sometimes it just happens that asbestos gets into the air accidentally. It isn’t always possible to trace the source, and so if asbestos has affected your health, you need to contact an experienced team of solicitors, such as those working with AAH.
Accident Advice Helpline – experienced and accessible help
Most incidents must have happened within three years for you to be able to make a claim but there are some exceptions, asbestos exposure being one of them. Whatever you may have experienced, if you are injured or your health has suffered through someone else’s fault, call us or try our 30-second test to find out whether you are eligible for compensation. With over 14 years’ experience in helping people like you, our experienced team of solicitors are on hand to talk you through your situation and help you claim the compensation you deserve.
Date Published: June 15, 2014
Author: David Brown