Shocking figures released by the Asbestos in Schools Group reveal that 86% of schools in the UK contain asbestos.
The comprehensive study, which will continue to be added to as more data is gathered, contains data from three quarters of schools in the United Kingdom. The study criticises the Department for Education for giving a misleading impression stating that more than 75% of schools contain Asbestos when it is in fact 85.9%.
There is a real danger every time a child kicks a wall, slams a door, or bounces a ball off a surface which contains an Asbestos insulation board panel. This is because the reverse side of the panel will release Asbestos fibres if it hasn’t been painted over and sealed.
The Asbestos in Schools Group was founded by Michael Lees, who has been a campaigning to make schools safe from Asbestos since he became a widower. Sadly his wife, a nursery school teacher who was exposed to Asbestos dust and fibres in the workplace, died of fatal Mesothelioma. He has been working hard researching and spreading awareness about the dangers of Asbestos in schools for over 12 years and last year was awarded an MBE for services to the wellbeing of children and teachers.
Slater and Gordon Industrial Disease Lawyer Dominic Smith said, “This is essential work that Michael Lees has carried out. The Government needs to act on this without further delay”.
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