Around 20 percent [of schools] were not fully compliant in that they did not have fully documented plans, processes, and procedures...
Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) March 06, 2017
A report released last month by the English government finds that more than 4,600 of 5,500 schools surveyed still contain asbestos and that too many of them are not following regulations to make sure that no one is exposed to it. Surviving Mesothelioma has just published an article on the new report. Click here to read it now.
Asbestos was a common insulation material and building product additive in the years after World War II. Tens of thousands of homes, schools, and public buildings were constructed using the material which was later linked to pleural mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer.
According to the new data collection report from the Education Funding Agency, the rules put in place to minimize mesothelioma risk as school buildings age are not helping as much as they could.
“Around 20 percent [of schools] were not fully compliant in that they did not have fully documented plans, processes, and procedures in place at the time of the data collection or did not know if asbestos was present,” states the report.
Airborne asbestos fibers in the form of dust are the primary cause of malignant mesothelioma around the world.
“This UK report should be a red flag to any country with aging school buildings, including the US,” says Surviving Mesothelioma Managing Editor Alex Strauss. “The best way to prevent mesothelioma among teachers and students is to ensure that deteriorating asbestos is not ignored.”
To read more about the UK report and the status of asbestos in American school buildings, see Mesothelioma Risk in Older School Buildings, now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.
"Asbestos Management in School: Data Collection Report”, Education Funding Agency report, February 2017, https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/594042/Asbestos_management_in_schools_data_collection_report.pdf
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