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Document ID (ISN)108754
CIS number 08-1137
Year 2007
Convention or series no. HSE Research Report 558
Author(s) O'Regan S., Tyers C., Hill D., Gordon-Dseagu V., Rick J.
Health and Safety Executive
Title Taking risks with asbestos: What influences the behaviour of maintenance workers?
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2007. x, 84p.
Internet access [in English]
Abstract Workers most at risk of contracting an asbestos-related disease are those in construction-related trades who conduct maintenance work on buildings constructed in the 50's, 60's and 70's. This report presents the results of 60 interviews with maintenance workers (including electricians, carpenters, plumbers, heating engineers and painters), who discuss their knowledge and attitudes with respect to asbestos. It was found that there are a range of issues affecting safe working methods in the presence of asbestos, including: the complexity of the messages about asbestos risks, attitudes towards risk and personal hygiene, prevailing worksite culture, economic pressures and whether individuals feel able to exert control over their work environment.
Descriptors (primary) safety consciousness; small enterprises; United Kingdom; health hazards; maintenance; construction industry; asbestos
Descriptors (secondary) heating systems; work organization; report; painting; psychology of work organization; carpentry; safety and health training; electrical equipment; personal hygiene; limitation of exposure; survey; risk factors; plumbing; asbestos removal
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Generalities
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Safety culture and safety consciousness
Construction industry and civil engineering
Psychological factors
Small and medium-sized enterprises