The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded a grant to the Oklahoma Department of Labor (ODL) to help with the process of removing asbestos from state schools that have been increasing the mesothelioma risk of students and teachers for decades now.
The EPA announced this week that the ODL will receive the $234,713 as a means to help reduce asbestos exposure in schools. The funding will be used for inspections, and to allow for schools to properly comply with the state’s Asbestos in Schools Program, which the EPA details as a program that is “designed to protect the health of school children and other occupants as well as the community.”
More specifically, the ODL will use the funding to complete 100 audit inspections in state schools throughout the year, while also verifying that asbestos workers who perform abatement work are properly trained and accredited.
Asbestos was commonly used in the construction of schools for much of the 20th century. While asbestos abatement work continues to reduce the amount of asbestos in school buildings today, students and teachers are still exposed to dangers levels of the fiber and be more likely to develop mesothelioma later in life.
If you or a loved one wish to pursue a mesothelioma claim, contact Sokolove Law today to learn more about how to properly bring a mesothelioma lawsuit against the entities liable for asbestos exposure that has occurred.