Stronger enforcement of laws designed to prevent workplace exposure to asbestos are vital in reducing the future number of cases of fatal asbestos-related disease, says Neal Stone.

The latest statistics published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report that “there were 2,526 mesothelioma deaths in Great Britain in 2017, broadly similar to the previous five years. The latest projections suggest that there will continue to be around 2,500 deaths per year for the rest of this current decade.” HSE goes on to report that there were 2,230 mesothelioma cases assessed for the purposes of Industrial Injury Disablement Benefit in 2018.

This is a work-related disease that is not going away. The danger is that society will regard deaths caused by exposure as a phenomenon that in time will pass. After all, what civilised society has not taken tough measures to ensure is properly controlled and regulated?

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