In a controversial article, The Nice Asbestos Hysteria (Mail, February 23), we mentioned that in line with the Well being and Security Govt, the dangers from white asbestos merchandise are ‘ insignificant’, and ‘arguably zero’ within the case of lung most cancers.
The HSE assessments associated to particular ranges of publicity to white asbestos fibres, not white asbestos merchandise, and located a danger from greater ranges.
The article mentioned that asbestos in UK faculties is nearly all white. In keeping with the HSE, the extra dangerous brown asbestos was additionally ceaselessly utilized in faculties.
The author was in error in saying that the HSE had been compelled to withdraw a sequence of commercials claiming that mesothelioma kills 4,500 a 12 months.
Actually, the commercials have been based mostly on an estimate of 4,000 deaths from all asbestos-related illness.