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I listened to a fairly brief discussion yesterday on the subject of asbestos in schools and I have to admit it opened my eyes to something that I hadn’t thought about before. I obviously know about the dangers of asbestos dust but it hadn’t crossed my mind that having located asbestos in schools it was decided to leave it there as removing it would be more dangerous. In view of these statistics that can’t have been a decision taken lightly and one can’t help wondering whether it was the correct one.

Between 1991 to 2000 a total of 73 primary and secondary school teachers died from mesothelioma. 79 qualified teachers died if teachers not elsewhere classified, and special education needs teachers are included. If qualified teachers in higher education are included then there were a further 49 mesothelioma deaths. If education assistants, nursery nurses and childcare related occupations are included then the total number of mesothelioma deaths was 145.

This raises a number of issues. Children are more susceptible to contact with the dust so how many have become ill in later life? Are parents aware of the asbestos situation in the school their children attend? If not how do you go about finding out? And if there is asbestos in the school, what exactly can you do about it? I have no doubt you will be told that unless the asbestos deteriorates or becomes damaged it is perfectly safe but is there a rigorous monitoring regime in place to ensure that this hasn’t occurred? I think 145 deaths provides the answer.

I thought I would find out more and these two web. sites contain a great deal of information that is well referenced. Actually it is one site really.

http://www.asbestose...%20contents.htm

http://www.schoolasbestosaction.co.uk/

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My college has recently been relocated, costing an eye watering £100 million! during clearing of the college they found asbestos in some of the rooms. there was also a wasps nest the size of a car and aload of people got stung, they beleive it had been there since last year to get that big, we always wondered were all the wasps where coming from because there were hundreds of the buggers about!

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The roof of my Antique Centre is made of aspestos. That's why I died in 2006

Or maybe I died because in the 90s I helped remove aspestos cladding from Culra bothy - without any protective equipemnt whatsoever! :o

Still, I guess this gives kids an excuse for being so thick these days :lol:

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Oddly enough I've just had experience of removing asbestos. I had an old workshop clad in asbestos sheeting, the weight of the snow last winter made the roof cave in so it had to be demolished. Got a specialist asbestos removal company in to quote - £2300 + VAT. Ouch! Hubby and I decided we'd do it ourselves, getting the council in to collect the asbestos, a saving of £2000.

We got all togged up in the recommended clothing (council recommendations), full suits, respirator masks, fully enclosed goggles, gloves, damped the workshop down to minimise the dust - in short were really, really careful, following everyone's advice.

They collected the asbestos yesterday, we didn't have to wrap it, just stack on the edge of the road (all togged up like spacemen whilst we did this). Council turned up in t-shirts and painters dust masks, no gloves, no goggles; the paperwork says it's going to the same landfill site as all the rest of the rubbish.

Go figure, as they say.

Reckon there's a lot of money made in asbestos removal.

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