Six clues to knowing if your school contains asbestos

The Spanish website elEconomista.es has published a list of six simple clues to knowing if your school, or your children’s or grandchildren’s school, contains asbestos. It seemed such a good idea that we thought we would adapt it to our situation in England and Wales. The six clues Was the school built between 1950 and…

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My wife, Lyn, was exposed to asbestos in school

On Action Meso Day, Roy from Worcestershire shares the story of his wife Lyn, who worked in a school laboratory for 19 years, where she was exposed to asbestos. He makes a powerful plea for ZeroAsbestos in schools. A report published today by JUAC, the Join Union Asbestos Committee, suggests that asbestos in schools is…

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Join us on Action Mesothelioma Day

ACTION MESOTHELIOMA DAY is a joint awareness raising event each year sponsored by Asbestos Support Groups, including the members of the Asbestos Victims Support Groups’ Forum, Medical Charities and other charities established by mesothelioma patients.   There will be a short regional event on Zoom at 11 o’clock on Friday 2 July. The link is “ASCE’s…

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Asbestos is still present in 83% of schools!

Twenty years after asbestos was banned, the Department for Education estimates that it is still present in more than 83% of England’s schools. It isn’t just present in small amounts. The Joint Union Asbestos Committee (JUAC) estimates there are hundreds of tonnes of asbestos contained in schools and other public buildings. Children are especially vulnerable…

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Join our campaign for #ZeroAsbestos in Schools and Public Buildings

#ZeroAsbestos  Our main campaign at the moment is for zero asbestos, everywhere but especially in schools and other publicly owned buildings. Children are especially vulnerable to asbestos dust because their lungs are still developing but people who work in schools and other public buildings are also at risk.  Please write to your MP We should…

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Why asbestos is still threatening our health

In an article published today, Treven Pyles from US health and safety advisers EHS explains why asbestos is still ‘a considerable threat’ to our health. Why is there so much asbestos around? Although asbestos was first used by people in the Stone Age, its use became widespread around the time of the Second World War.…

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