Asbestos was banned from use in construction in the UK in 1999, but with so many school buildings built prior to this date, and with refurbishment work taking place at countless schools across the country, there is a real danger of asbestos related illnesses being contracted in schools.
The dangers of asbestos are well known, and it is only when asbestos materials are disturbed and fibres released into the air that they can become a potential health hazard. Any person who breathes in asbestos could potentially face a life-threatening illness such as asbestosis or mesothelioma, but it might not present symptoms for many years or decades to come.
For people working in schools over a long period of time, such as teachers and administration staff, if there is asbestos present in the building, they could be in danger of inhaling asbestos fibres at some point during their career.
Since 2001 more than 200 teachers have died because of mesothelioma (according to the National Education Union (NEU), which typically does not develop until 20-years or more. It is also widely known that children exposed to asbestos are five times more likely to contract the disease that adults over the age of 30.
What this means is that asbestos surveys, management, and removal, become a vital component of looking after schools, staff and pupils. At Artisan we have a track record of success in helping schools identify asbestos that is present, and safely removing it wherever necessary. Call us on 02380 982 589 to find out more information.