Merchants support asbestos campaign

Published:  04 November, 2009

LONDON: Merchant can expect increased sales of personal protective equipment by supporting the Health and Safety Executive's "Hidden Killer" asbestos campaign that runs for the next four weeks.

Grant Richardson, sales director Wolseley UK Heavyside, said last year's campaign resulted in "a huge spike in sales figures of personal protective equipment during and after the campaign showing that the trades people had really taken the message onboard."

The Hidden Killer campaign targets tradespeople who may disturb or damage asbestos as they go about their work to ensure they are fully aware of the dangers how they can protect themselves.

Figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that around a quarter of the 4,000 or so people dying from asbestos-related diseases each year in Britain are tradesmen such as joiners, electricians and plumbers. About twenty lose their lives each week. What is more worrying though is the fact that the number of deaths linked to asbestos continues to rise and is expected to peak between 2010-2020.

All Wolseley's UK businesses are involved in this year's campaign.

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