Investment in school building needs to be a priority for the 2020s
This new report from the Joint Union Asbestos Committee (JUAC) estimates that five to ten thousand former pupils and staff have already died from mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure in their former schools in 1960-1980s. It aims to find out if pupils and staff are any safer today.
The report concludes that:
- Since 1980 tens of thousands of pupils and staff, attending and working in schools which contain substantial amounts of asbestos (e.g., CLASP type schools), may have an increased risk of developing mesothelioma from school-based exposure.
- Shockingly, pupils are particularly at risk.
- JUAC calls for urgent Government action to improve the asbestos regulations, identify all CLASP-type schools with unsafe asbestos and fund asbestos removal and replacement of buildings that cannot be made safe.
Joint Union Asbestos Committee trade unions campaign to make all UK schools and colleges safe from the dangers of asbestos. Find out more about JUAC at https://the-juac.co.uk/.
A model letter which can be sent by parents to the head teacher of their child’s school to request information about asbestos in the school
This is a guide to using the data which has been made available via the DfE Asbestos Management Assurance Process (AMAP).
At least 86 per cent of schools contain asbestos, all of it old and much of it deteriorating. Unless your school was wholly built after 1999, it is extremely likely that it contains asbestos.
Advice on dealing with asbestos problems in schools, including the law on asbestos removal and management in schools.
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This survey highlights the challenges facing schools and colleges in ensuring their buildings are well maintained and provide a safe and decent environment for teaching and learning.
The recent articles in the Guardian newspaper- “700 English schools reported over asbestos safety concerns” (5th July) & “Britain’s death toll from asbestos at crisis level figures reveal” (8th July) only serve to validate the Joint Union Asbestos Committee (JUAC) approach to the terrible legacy of asbestos in schools.
The Joint Union Asbestos Committee which comprises the education and support staff unions (ASCL, GMB, NAHT, NASUWT, NEU, UCU, UNISON, Unite and Voice) and the Asbestos in Schools Group, Chaired by Emma Hardy MP are today responding to the asbestos recommendations in the Public Accounts Committee report into Academy accounts and performance.