The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) campaign regarding asbestos safety is being backed by footballer Stuart Pearce, the manager of Nottingham Forest and former England and Newcastle player.
During the 1980’s in the early part of his career, Stuart Pearce worked as an electrician. He believes that there is a very strong possibility he was exposed to asbestos material and could, in the future be affected by asbestos disease.
Pearce said: “I was working as an electrician for four and a half years and it’s chilling to think I could have been exposed to it without knowing, we were simply ignorant about the risks back then.2
“Today there’s no excuse – most people know how dangerous asbestos is but many think it’s a thing of the past, it’s not, it is still there. It can be found in walls, ceilings, even floor tiles and guttering – basically in any type of building built before the year 2000”.
“Making sure you’re aware of where it can be found and how to deal with it safely, even on basic jobs like drilling holes or sanding, really could mean the difference between life and death.”
Additionally, Pearce is raising awareness of the HSE’s free web application which highlights how to identify and deal with asbestos material.
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