AAbove is killing 5,000 people every year, two decades after toxic material is banned, a new report has shown.
The Occupational Health and Safety Institute (IOSH) said that people were still exposed to the disease, 20 years after it was banned in Britain.
It was ordered to more than 130 companies or individuals to leave work activities during the last year due to non-compliance with asbestos regulations, according to an IOSH report.
Asbestos is present in at least 500,000 buildings built before 1999, according to the report.
Managing Director of IOSH, Bev Messinger, said: "It is unacceptable that 20 years after asbestos is banned in Britain, organizations can still endanger the lives of employees, their families and other members of the public.
"Thousands of people die in Britain every year due to cancers like mesothelioma, while many more are diagnosed.
"All this can be prevented by good health and work safety. It's time for organizations to wake up and realize how dangerous the asbestos is. There are no excuses. "
Nick Hopkinson, Medical Director of the British Lung Foundation, said: "Asbestos dust respiration can cause mesothelioma. Mesothelioma has a long time to develop and people often experience symptoms between 30 and 40 years later from exposure to asbestos.
"Currently, the only treatments available have the objective of slowing the progression of the disease and improving the quality of life.
"This devastating disease is preventable and the dangers of asbestos are well known. Life businesses are vigilant and take the appropriate precautions to protect people from the dangers of life threatening and take urgent action if you have found it asbestos ".