The HSE’s Hidden Killer Campaign is now in its 3rd outing. Radio broadcasts along with posters and newspaper adverts are bringing the dangers of Asbestos to the masses. The HSE’s website has a dedicated Asbestos section containing all you need to know about this dangerous product.
Check out http://www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/hiddenkiller/ for more information.
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Around 20 tradesmen a week die in the UK from asbestos-related diseases and the aim of the campaign, first launched in autumn 2008, was to help prevent another generation of plumbers, plasterers, electricians and joiners having their lives cut short.
HSE worked with communications agency MS&L to devise the PR campaign which used a football analogy to raise awareness of the numbers of people still dying from asbestos exposure, with ex-England player and former plasterer, Ian Wright, brought on board to spearhead it.
The launch was covered by broadcast, print and online media, including the flagship BBC Radio 4 Today programme and GMTV. By the end of the campaign, HSE had seen a 100 per cent increase in calls to Infoline and a six-fold increase in page requests on the campaign microsite.
Steve Coldrick, HSE's asbestos programme director said:
"Asbestos remains Britain's biggest workplace killer, but with the perception that it is largely a risk of the past we needed a hard-hitting PR campaign that would capture the imagination of tradesmen, particularly young ones. Using Ian Wright, a former tradesman, ticked all the boxes for us and delivered great results.
We're pleased that our approach has been recognised and commended by experts in the communications industry. The award is a testament to the good working relationship between HSE's communications and asbestos programme teams and MSL"
The European Excellence Award is one of a number of accolades for HSE's 'Hidden Killer' campaign. It was highly commended at the PR Week Awards in October and shortlisted for a PRCA Award in November The print advertisements won an ANNA 'ad of the week' award (Awards for National Newspaper Advertising) and were nominated for 'ad of the year' under the same scheme.
The second phase of the campaign has just come to an end with early indications of success. More than 4000 calls were made to Infoline during November and there were around 200 items of regional coverage.