Health Care Services : Workforce Health Risks And Reputation Damage Linked To Asbestos In Company Buildings
For decades, products of asbestos were used throughout the manufacturing and building industry in an extensive form. Today, asbestos has been the single most material responsible for work related deaths in UK. Buildings built before 2000 are likely to have asbestos containing materials in premises in any form. It is necessary to identify if the company building contains any significant amount of ACMs (Asbestos Containing Materials) so that the company can put proper plan and action in place. The paper describes what asbestos is, the risk of getting exposed to the material, health risks associated along-with reputational damage with the help of illustrating three examples that are associated with work related deaths due to exposure to asbestos fibres at the workplace. In the last, the measures that are needed to fix the problem are discussed, so that the health risks could be minimized and appropriate protection steps could be taken.