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Asbestos In UK Schools

Asbestos In UK Schools THE REAL THREAT TO OUR CHILDREN SCHOOL Did You Know? Asbestos is present in almost Asbestos cancers cause Your children may be exposed to deadly over deaths 4,500 of UK asbestos fibres. schools. each year. of UK schools contain asbestos which, 86% when disturbed, releases deadly fibres. Much of this asbestos is badly maintained and poses a strong threat to both pupils and staff alike. Asbestos was used in The Government policy is to manage rather than remove asbestos in schools. school construction in lagging, ceiling panels, partition walls and sprayed coatings. Children are up to 5x more likely to develop mesothelioma than adults by age 80 following exposure due to lungs which aren't fully developed. Children attending schools built prior to 1975 are likely to inhale around 3,000,000 respirable asbestos fibres. The background level in schools with asbestos in good condition is FIVE TO FIVE HUNDRED TIMES greater than outside air. Staff and pupils are unaware of this potentially FATAL asbestos exposure. Classroom activities known to release asbestos include: Children kicking walls or door Slamming a door Removing books from cupboards Pinning work to walls frames (660x background levels) (50x background levels) (6,000 fibres per pin) (1740x background levels) IN THE PAST 1O YEARS, OVER 140 TEACHERS HAVE PASSED AWAY FROM MESOTHELIOMA. THIS FIGURE DOESN'T INCLUDE CARETAKERS, CLEANERS AND ADMIN STAFF. "Significant parts of the school It reported that up to 300 asbestos-related deaths each year could be as a result of exposure in the classroom as a child. estate were and are in an unacceptable state." - Schools Capital Review, 2011 All exposures above the normal background increase the risk of mesothelioma developing. CHILDREN IN UK SCHOOLS TODAY ARE AT RISK! Asbestos exposure can lead to cancers such as mesothelioma or lung cancer and asbestos-related respiratory diseases including asbestosis or pleural thickening. More people die each year in the UK from asbestos-related diseases than any other country in the world. 500 500 500 500 500 Over 2,500 people die each year from mesothelioma and at least a further 2,000 from asbestos-related lung cancer. 500 500 500 500 500 THIS IS HIGHER THAN THE NUMBER KILLED IN CAR ACCIDENTS. It takes 30 - 50 years for mesothelioma meaning upon diagnosis, it has often to develop spread. TREATMENT OPTIONS ARE LIMITED AND PROGNOSIS IS RARELY GOOD. Following only diagnosis, 407 than a year and only 8% than five. will survive more more 0800 088 7396 ASBESTOS ADVICE E HELPLINE

Asbestos In UK Schools

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Up to 90% of UK schools are known to contain the deadly disease asbestos, a material which, when disturbed releases deadly fibres which are known to cause diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestosis and...


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