Exposure to asbestos is not just a matter of concern for people working in construction and the other building trades. It is also a source of worry for anyone who could potentially come into contact with the deadly mineral, including teachers and students.
Asbestos was widely used in the construction of U.S. schools until it was phased out in the 1970s as its health risks became public knowledge. But in many older schools across the country, asbestos still lingers in classrooms and other areas. Asbestos building materials found in schools may include:
• Insulation and fireproofing
• Piping and ducts
• Ceiling and wall tiles
For school boards, asbestos represents both a health and cost issue as they try to determine how best to handle the toxic material during school renovation or demolition projects.
This is the situation the Brecksville-Broadview School Board in Ohio is facing right now. As reported on the local news site Brecksville Patch, the school board is considering two measures that would remove asbestos from a local elementary school and middle school at a cost of $120,000.
The two upcoming renovation projects involve new lighting and a complete ceiling overhaul at the elementary school, and tile replacement at the middle school. The law requires that school districts remove any asbestos prior to renovation or demolition.
“Many of the schools built in the 1950s used asbestos as a building material,” said the district’s business manger. “Often when any renovations occur the asbestos has got to go.”
The need for careful asbestos abatement is clear. If inhaled, asbestos fibers become embedded in the lungs and other internal organs. The resulting scarring is linked to devastating health problems including mesothelioma, asbestosis, and other asbestos-related diseases.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another disease caused by asbestos exposure, an experienced asbestos law firm can help you fight for justice and compensation. Contact Sokolove Law today for a free consultation to learn if an asbestos attorney can help you.