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86 per cent of schools contain asbestos – know the risks and how to manage them

NAHT is a member of the Joint Union Asbestos Committee (JUAC), which is campaigning to make schools safe from the dangers of asbestos.  

Asbestos is present in 86 per cent of schools. Since 1980, there have been 319 teacher deaths from mesothelioma (a cancer caused by asbestos fibres); on average 17 teachers now die every year from mesothelioma, compared to 3 per year in 1980.  It is estimated that up to 300 people a year die as adults, due to their exposure at school as pupils. 

Deaths of teachers over the age of 75 are not included in the statistics, nor are the number of deaths of support staff recorded – meaning that the number of deaths from mesothelioma is likely to be significantly underestimated.

How much do you or your governors know about the risk that asbestos poses in your school?

NAHT is supporting a national conference, Asbestos in schools: revealing the hidden killer, on Tuesday 4 July 2017 at the Hillscourt Conference Centre in Birmingham.

The conference will enable delegates to:    

  • find out more about the hidden dangers and the long term risks to health that asbestos poses to pupils and school staff   
  • understand the steps to take to manage asbestos.    
More details, and how to book can be found here.

JUAC is calling on all political parties to include six key commitments on asbestos in schools in their manifestos -  see these here, along with the pledges that JUAC seeks from all Prospective Parliamentary Candidates.

First published 05 January 2018