Let’s start with a rather stark statistic: 86% of schools contain asbestos.
In fact, if your school was built before 2000, it is more than likely it will contain asbestos in its construction. Let’s not dwell on the numbers but, put simply, too many people are dying, each year, from mesothelioma (a type of cancer caused by asbestos fibres) due to their exposure at school as both staff and pupils.
Risks are particularly high in the autumn term, following building works that are often completed or that begin over the summer break but continue into the autumn term. Additionally, at this time of year, many teachers and pupils will be getting ready to put up Christmas decorations in classrooms and other spaces around the school and even this activity can increase the risk of releasing dangerous fibres.
So, NAHT believes now is a good time to give all school leaders a reminder of the actions they can take in the second half of the autumn term.
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