Upcoming conference to highlight that 'asbestos is still with us'

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Asbestos Action, a charity who support sufferers of asbestos-related illnesses, their families and carers, will hold their annual conference next week in Dundee, under the theme of  ‘Asbestos is still with us’.

Digby Brown are supporting the event and work alongside Asbestos Action, helping people who have become ill as a result of exposure to asbestos and campaigning alongside the organisation to raise awareness that the risks posed by asbestos are as real now as they have ever been.

The keynote speaker at the conference will be Sarah Lyons, a senior officer with National Union of Teachers and a member of the Joint Union Asbestos Committee (JUAC).  The JUAC brings together a number of trade unions and campaigns to raise awareness of the levels of asbestos still present in school buildings and estates and the need for better management of asbestos in schools and colleges.

Ahead of the conference, Digby Brown Partner Fraser Simpson, who is head of the firm's Industrial Disease department, said:

“The work of the Joint Union Asbestos Committee shows how relevant this issue is today.  From employers to the insurance industry and local authorities, there has to be recognition of the risks that asbestos poses, not just to those employed previously in heavy industry and construction, but also to those exposed to asbestos in our schools, hospitals and elsewhere, and a commitment to doing everything possible to eliminate those risks. “

Download a press release about the 2015 Asbestos Action Conference.

Further information

More information on Asbestos Action's work can be found on its website and on its Facebook page.