Unacceptable Risk of Asbestos in Scotland
Medical and legal experts in Scotland have warned of a health ‘time bomb’ due to the use of Asbestos in schools and other council buildings north of the border. In recent years there has been an increase in the number of people coming forward with asbestos-related illnesses based on the buildings they work in.
In 2014 there were 175 cases of mesothelioma in Scotland, the highest rates of the disease in the world and the numbers are likely to increase with people continuing to come forward suffering from asbestos related illnesses linked to schools, council buildings, hospitals, leisure centres and a range of public buildings.
There are no calls to bring into force more stringent limits of asbestos fibre, which currently stands at 10,000 fibres per cubic metre, as approved by the HSE. In Scotland especially it seems, routine maintenance and the run down nature of many public buildings that lack funding to be refurbished, have led to asbestos fibres being released into the air at too regular intervals, putting lives at risk.
With the general election coming up, the levels of asbestos exposure in public buildings in Scotland could become a hot topic for all parties to consider.
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