Teachers and pupils at risk from asbestos at 3,000 UK schools

By January 17, 2022 No Comments

Children and teachers at thousands of UK schools could be at risk of developing cancer due to a policy of leaving asbestos in place, an article by the Lancashire Telegraph has found.

Charles Pickles, a former asbestos consultant who founded the campaign group Airtight on Asbestos, has stated that between 200 and 300 children every year will have their lives shortened by asbestos-related illnesses “just as a result of going to school.”

Key points from this article:

  • Joanne Gordan, a chairwoman of the Asbestos Victims Support Groups’ Forum UK has claimed “we are seeing more women diagnosed with mesothelioma.”
  • There are around 3000 ‘CLASP’ schools remaining in the UK. These are schools that contain a substantial amount of asbestos within the buildings.
  • Figures collected by Office for National Statistics show 371 teachers died of mesothelioma between 2001 and 2021. This included 139 primary school/nursery teachers and 110 in secondary schools.
  • Mr Pickles believes that the UK should get rid of its policy of “management in situ” and introduce phased removal.
  • Employment Minister Mims Davies has said the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will begin research to review asbestos control regulations.

You can read the full article in full here

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