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

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