Killer dust asbestos still present in schools

The BBC has a video report on a man dying from cancer, possibly caused by asbestos which he was exposed to as a child at school, and claims it has seen figures suggesting asbestos is still present in nine out of ten UK schools…

Asbestos was widely used in the building industry in the 1960s and 70s but it was banned in the UK in 1999, after a link was established to a number of different lung diseases.

Figures seen by the BBC suggest asbestos is still present in nearly nine out of ten schools in the UK – higher than previous official estimates.

It can be managed safely if it is left undisturbed but there have been calls for urgent action to make schools safer, as Tim Muffett reports…

See the video at: Killer dust asbestos still present in schools

 

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Comments

  1. h_emoney

    SchoolsImprove Asbestos is now the greatest killer of teachers. Recently we had some concerns at my school, transparency is needed.

  2. MadgeJesss

    SchoolsImprove If planning any kind of building or drilling in a 60s/70s school building, governors should assume there WILL be asbestos

  3. h_emoney

    MadgeJesss SchoolsImprove Thanks for sharing. Recent study I read put Asbestos above stress and depression. Will send it your way.

  4. MadgeJesss

    SchoolsImprove “killer dust” is not dangerous as long as not disturbed. Risk assessments needed on all building/drilling/digging on site

  5. MadgeJesss

    SchoolsImprove “killer dust” is not dangerous as long as not disturbed. Risk assessments needed on all building/drilling/digging on site

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