Educating and training young workers on the health risks from asbestos exposure will be critical in preventing future deaths from lung diseases such as mesothelioma, reports Belinda Liversedge.

“Just because it’s banned doesn’t mean it’s gone,” says Mavis Nye, a mesothelioma survivor and campaigner for asbestos awareness. “It’s everywhere. It’s in buildings that are forever being pulled down and refurbished, which can make it airborne… We need to educate the young because they think it’s a problem of the past.”

Asbestos is still very much alive and kicking, present in at least half a million commercial properties and a million homes. But as Mavis, speaking to the Guardian (7 July 2019) says, there’s a perception that it only impacts the older generation who would have worked with the material when use was at its peak. However, young people are still at risk today for many reasons.

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