• Dorset Health and Safety

Charity urges people to consider how they can prevent asbestos exposure

Ahead of Action Mesothelioma Day, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) asks a question: what can you do to prevent lives being ruined by exposure to asbestos? In Britain, more than 2,500 people die from mesothelioma every year because of past exposure to asbestos.

And, while the deadly material has been banned since 1999, it still lurks in at least half a million buildings constructed before that year, posing huge risks to anyone who comes into contact with it.

On Action Mesothelioma Day (Action Meso Day) this Friday, 2 July, support groups, charities and other organisations and individuals will come together to call for more awareness of the dangers of asbestos.