England’s Health and Safety Executive has released its assessment of 152 local school authorities’ management of asbestos products, and the results may be worrisome for anyone who has children in schools in England or the United States.
Rosalind Roberts, the head of HSE’s public services sector, said that while some of the local schools had done satisfactory jobs in handling asbestos products to keep them from becoming dangerous to those who regularly inhabit the buildings, that proper action was taken to address authorities who had fallen below acceptable standards.
According to the results released on Tuesday, 42 of the 152 authorities that took place in the study required extra visits by HES officials to make sure that asbestos risks were being properly managed. Of the 42, 32 councils were given advice about “practical improvements” while ten received enforcement notices to improve the way they handle asbestos products.
“If asbestos is properly managed, remains undamaged and undisturbed then its presence alone should not be a cause for concern. However, there is no room for complacency; managing asbestos in buildings needs effective and ongoing attention,” Roberts said. “Those most likely to be exposed are tradesmen who may disturb it through their work – so it is essential that their work is carefully planned and managed.”
She added that workers in the schools who were responsible for managing asbestos needed to be be trained properly trained with appropriate management plans to best handle any risks that arise when dealing with products containing the dangerous fibers. The proper handling, and removal, of asbestos products is as important a topic in the United States as it is in England.
The town council in Scarborough, Maine recently approved $150,000 in funding to replace 28 windows at a local school that were found to contain asbestos products during summer construction, according to a recent report. For those who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer that can be linked to asbestos exposure caused by a product or former employer, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact an experienced mesothelioma attorney to learn more about your rights, and to see if pursuing a mesothelioma settlement is in your best interest.