Diversified technology company 3M has highlighted the legal
responsibilities of construction and building maintenance companies
to ensure their workers are adequately protected in environments
where asbestos is present, following a number of recent high-profile
Asbestos is hazardous to health when its airborne fibres are inhaled. It is then that the fine fibres may settle in the lungs, which can lead to fatal respiratory disease and cancers.
In this article, Sarah Broadbent of 3M, the diversified technology company, will examine the risks posed to operatives and the duties of employers, and provide advice on specifying the correct respiratory protective equipment (RPE) for operatives working around asbestos.