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28 February 2007

Get to grips with new asbestos laws
Asbestos is the biggest workplace killer in the UK and is present in hundreds of thousands of offices, schools, hospitals, factories, theatres and construction sites. Since 2004 employers have had a duty to manage asbestos on their premises - but many are not meeting their legal obligations.

Tackling asbestos at work - a trade unionist's guide, the latest booklet from the Labour Research Department, shows how legislation such as the new Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 can be used by workplace reps to reduce the risks of exposure and to get employers to make workplaces safe.

It is essential that union and workplace reps are on top of the new regulations. This straightforward and practical LRD booklet, published to coincide with Mesothelioma Action Day on 27 February 2007, contains extensive research, case studies, examples of campaigns, guidance and agreements produced by unions.

Tackling asbestos at work - a trade unionist's guide also covers:

* the extent of asbestos exposure;
* the law detailing the new regulations and important court cases;
* HSE guidance on using new materials;
* examples of union and safety rep interventions; and
* the results from an LRD survey of workplace reps.

This 48-page booklet is a valuable resource for reps in workplaces across the country.

Notes for editors
1. Tackling asbestos at work - a trade unionist's guide is published by the Labour Research Department, 78 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HF, price ?4.90 or ?12.00 for employers or commercial organisations. LRD booklets are also available on subscription at an annual cost of ?35.75 (?82.85 for employers/commercial organisations). LRD publishes 10-11 booklets each year.

2. The Labour Research Department is an independent trade union and labour movement organisation founded more than 90 years ago. Around 1,800 trade union organisations, including 55 national unions representing 99% of total TUC membership, are affiliated.

3. For press enquiries about this booklet, contact Neal Moister on 020 7902 9824. To order copies of the booklet, telephone 020 7928 3649.

4. Full information about all LRD's services and publications is available on the LRD website at www.lrd.org.uk

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