A SOLICITOR specialising in work-related diseases will be on hand to give advice at a meeting of the Pembrokeshire asbestos network in Milford Haven.

Amanda Jones, who specialises in occupational diseases, will speak about the dangers of working with asbestos at Milford Haven Golf Club on Thursday, March 15.

The meeting will provide information about successful prosecutions, and be a chance to meet others who are living with asbestos-related illnesses.

There have been many successful prosecutions against employers who have jeopardised the health of workers and contractors due to exposure to asbestos.

The use of asbestos was not totally banned in the United Kingdom until 1999, and exposure to its fibres can be fatal.

Lorna Johns, of Asbestos Awareness & Support Cymru, said: “Today if you work with asbestos you should be provided with protective clothing and be aware of the health and safety guidelines.

"Back in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, procedures to protect workers health were not strongly enforced.

"Men and women put their own health at risk by working with blocks of asbestos covering themselves with white dust.

" Overalls were not removed before leaving the workplace so asbestos fibres were taken into the home exposing children to the dust.

"We have heard some harrowing stories from those who attend our support groups across Wales, making us resolute to ensure that Pembrokeshire people remain safe from now on to exposure to asbestos.

"We invite all those with an interest to come along to this meeting."

The meeting takes place at 10.30am.

For information, or if you are worried about your exposure to asbestos, telephone 01495 272 479 or email enquiries@a-a-s-c.org.uk