It has been reported that almost 90% of UK schools contain the deadly material asbestos and with the government’s policy on this still very much that of ‘manage rather than remove,’ our children are at risk!
Simple classroom activities such as pinning work to a wall, removing books from a cupboard or slamming a door can release thousands of asbestos fibres into the air which, when inhaled, can lead to the development of asbestos-related diseases in later life including mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer or pleural thickening.
To bring home the reality of Asbestos in schools, the Asbestos Advice Helpline have created the infographic below. It is something they hope will bring home the reality.
As a parent of a small child about to enter into school system, this is quite shocking to read. I'm hoping all the schools my son attends are new and don't contain asbestos.