School Committee members in the city of Lynn, MA are looking into an asbestos exposure incident that took place at at the Fecteau-Leary Alternative School last week.
Janitors who were working over the weekend cleaned up broken tiles and threw the damaged tiles in trash bags, which were left inside the school for a few days. It was later determined that the glue holding the tiles contained asbestos. Tests also revealed that no asbestos fibers were released into the air. The incident was reported to the state Department of Environmental protection.
However, the incident caused alarm at the school board level because most, if not all of the city’s schools are old and asbestos has been found and removed in the past.
“It’s disturbing,” School Committee member Donna Coppola said to The Daily Item. “I understand our buildings are old, but we should be more diligent about keeping them up. These conditions can cause huge medical issues, especially in little kids whose bodies are still changing.”
The School Committee is focused on putting a procedure into place to handle situations like this in the future. School Committee member Vincent Spirito said “protocols must be implemented in case suspect materials are encountered by the maintenance staff or others.
“Inspectional Services would probably come down, totally seal off the room and not do anything until all the kids are out of the building,” he said. “We always have to worry about the kids first.”
Many older public buildings in the United States contain asbestos and asbestos products that will deteriorate over time. Asbestos fibers can become airborne and, when inhaled, cause serious health risks. Asbestos exposure causes mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer that is almost always terminal.
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