World Health Organisation urges more action on asbestos

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World Health Organisation urges more action on asbestos

14th May 2010

A leading industrial disease specialist has welcomed calls from the World Health Organisation (WHO) to take urgent action on ten hazardous chemicals, including asbestos.

In a new report issued as part of the International Programme on Chemical Safety, the WHO claims that growing production and use of the ten chemicals is likely to result in a greater, negative effect on worldwide health.

Bridget Collier, head of the industrial disease department at Fentons Solicitors, said the figures quoted by the WHO in relation to asbestos - the so-called 'silent killer' -were particularly shocking. "According to the report, about 125 million people in the world have been exposed to asbestos in the workplace," she said.

"It states that in 2004 alone, asbestos-related lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis from occupational exposures accounted for 107,000 deaths worldwide," said Bridget. "Several thousand other deaths are attributed to other asbestos-related diseases, as well as to non-occupational exposures.

"This is absolutely horrifying. The legacy of asbestos is all too obvious in the UK, with thousands dying from lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis," she said. "But the WHO gives the global view, showing that more than 1.5 million years of potential or productive life have been lost due to death or disability due to asbestos."

The report recommends a worldwide initiative to stop the use of all types of asbestos, prevent any further exposure and improving the early diagnosis and treatment for those suffering an asbestos-related illness.

How can Fentons Solicitors help?
Fentons has a specialist department experienced in handling claims for victims of industrial diseases including asbestos-related lung cancer and mesothelioma.

If you think that you have a case or require further information contact Fentons on 0800 0191 297 or fill in the online claims questionnaire.

Source - World Health Organisation