What do we know about ASBESTOS related disease?

Do you want to know the latest statistics released by the HSE?

The health and Safety Executive have released their latest statistics report. We’ve put together a summary of the key facts:

  • At least 4000 asbestos related deaths in total per year and still increasing.
  • 2321 Mesothelioma deaths in 2009 – 1933 men and 388 women.
  • Annual male mesothelioma deaths could peak as high as 2100 in 2016.
  • Over 400 deaths from Asbestosis in 2009.
  • Lung cancer deaths from asbestos exposure equal Mesotheliomas each year.

Each year thousands of people die from work related diseases mainly due to exposures many years ago. The numbers of deaths from these diseases usually have to be estimated rather than counted.

The current estimate of the annual number of occupational cancer deaths in Great Britain is around 8000. About 4000 cancer deaths each year are due to past exposure to asbestos.

In 2009 there were 411 deaths where asbestosis is likely to have contributed as a cause. There were 189 deaths with asbestosis recorded as the underlying cause.

The total number of mesothelioma deaths has increased from 153 in 1968 to 2321 in 2009. There were 1933 deaths among men in 2009 with the annual number predicted to increase to a peak of about 2100 around the year 2016.

Mesothelioma deaths occurring now reflect industrial conditions of the past. Male deaths under 55 have been falling since the early1990’s.

Mesothelioma Death Cases

If you want to know more about asbestos and asbestos health effects, come and join one of our UKATA asbestos awareness training courses. On successful completion of the course you will:

  • Understand what asbestos is, the six different types and different fibre structures
  • Understand why and where asbestos was used and where asbestos is likely to be found
  • Know the risks from asbestos and who is likely to be at risk.
  • Understand emergency procedures and action to take to control and avoid exposure.
  • Have a basic understanding of asbestos regulations and requirements.

For further information please call 0800 800 0801.