15 Feb 2019
In a worrying turn of events, the UK’s public accounts committee (PAC) has produced a report relating to asbestos abatement activities in schools across England. The report states that over 23% of those schools did not meet the May 2017 deadline for reporting how much asbestos is present in their buildings and what asbestos removal and disposal techniques will be used to manage it.
“Name and Shame”
The PAC has stated that it says that non-compliant schools should be “named and shamed”, pointing to the fact that between 1980 and the year 2000, more than 200 teachers have died from mesothelioma, the aggressive form lung cancer strongly associated with the inhalation of airborne asbestos fibres.
However, those in the education system are pointing to a lack of funding from the government for asbestos surveys and asbestos removal services and say that to attempt to publicly humiliate offending schools would do nothing to solve the issue.
Will the government provide more funding for such things in the current, uncertain pre-Brexit climate to allow schools to comply with asbestos regulations and conduct the necessary works? That would seem unlikely, but one thing is for sure - the longer things are left in their current status quo, the more we risk the health of both educators and children. Something that surely can’t be allowed to go on.
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