Action plan for asbestos in schools needed

21 Apr

In the second of a series of briefings on Voice's Election Manifesto, we look at "The creation of an action plan for asbestos in schools".

Asbestos is present in around 75% of schools in Britain in ceilings, wall linings and pipe lagging. In the last 25 years, at least 178 teachers have died from mesothelioma, a form of cancer linked to asbestos exposure. There are no statistics for pupil fatalities because of the disease's long latency.

The education unions are concerned about the risk to staff and pupils in schools where little is known about its location and condition.

ATAC's recent audit and Voice's own research reveal that in many schools staff are not aware of the dangers of asbestos; they do not know where it is and are not involved in its management.

Urgent action is required to improve standards of asbestos management, and to create an action plan for asbestos in schools, including: audits, risk assessments, relevant training and guidance, and for all asbestos to be identified and removed in a phased programme when schools are refurbished.

For further information, see www.voicetheunion.org.uk/asbestos.

Do you know if there is asbestos where you work?

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4 Responses to “Action plan for asbestos in schools needed”

  1. asbestos management 05. Feb, 2011 at 6:05 pm #

    Action plan definitely needed for schools. Without an action plan poor school children could end up with life long illnesses or cancer from poor asbestos management and planning.

  2. asbestos management 01. May, 2011 at 10:27 pm #

    We need to protect children from the dangers of asbestos.

  3. Asbestos Removal UK 02. Oct, 2011 at 10:22 pm #

    The health of children should not be endangered and immediate action should be needed.

  4. James Breslin 17. Sep, 2014 at 10:43 am #

    If asbestos particles are inhaled, they can cause serious lung problems this is a very important issue because asbestos has well known adverse impacts on your health. That’s why asbestos removal is the only option.

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