The UK’s approach to managing asbestos has been to act and then wait to see over the following decades if it was the right approach. Is this ‘hindsight’ policy working, asks SHW Live speaker Collette Willoughby.

We are all too familiar with the impact and legacy issues resulting from the widespread use of asbestos in the UK. The current inquiry by MPs on the House of Commons’ Work and Pensions Committee into the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE’s) approach to asbestos management has raised many important questions about the UK’s past and current regulatory approach.

Having been involved in the asbestos consultancy industry for over 40 years, and seen many changes during that time, I know many, if not all of them were meant to make things better. However, while they may have been made with the best intentions, not all the changes achieved their intended outcomes.

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