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Did you know? At least 75 per cent of schools contain asbestos- news from NUT

30th January 2014

• A least 75 per cent of schools contain asbestos, all of it old and much of it deteriorating. Unless your school was built after 1999, it is extremely likely that it contains asbestos.

• It is not just found around pipes and boilers. It is common in wall and ceiling tiles in classrooms and gives off very small, fine fibres which can be breathed in and cause disease many years later.

• It is important that you find out the location of any asbestos-containing materials in your school. In 2011, 16 teachers died of mesothelioma, a cancer linked exclusively to asbestos exposure. Some children may go on to develop mesothelioma as adults, as a result of exposure at school.

• The Department of Health’s Committee on Carcinogenicity concluded in June 2013 that children are more vulnerable to the effects of asbestos because they have longer to live in which to develop mesothelioma.

• NUT policy is that all asbestos should be removed from all schools. We campaign for its complete removal but recognise that staff and pupils need to be protected now, pending removal.

• Double Standards - it was deemed necessary to remove asbestos from the Houses of Parliament and the DfE yet the occupants of schools are told by Government that generally it is safer to leave it in place.

• Asbestos is not always well-managed in all schools, so don’t assume that this is necessarily the case in your school. Exposure incidents occur regularly, sometimes leading to prosecutions, but we are also concerned about long term, low level exposure which may not be noticed.

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Did you know? At least 75 per cent of schools contain asbestos- news from NUT

30th January 2014

• A least 75 per cent of schools contain asbestos, all of it old and much of it deteriorating. Unless your school was built after 1999, it is extremely likely that it contains asbestos.

• It is not just found around pipes and boilers. It is common in wall and ceiling tiles in classrooms and gives off very small, fine fibres which can be breathed in and cause disease many years later.

• It is important that you find out the location of any asbestos-containing materials in your school. In 2011, 16 teachers died of mesothelioma, a cancer linked exclusively to asbestos exposure. Some children may go on to develop mesothelioma as adults, as a result of exposure at school.

• The Department of Health’s Committee on Carcinogenicity concluded in June 2013 that children are more vulnerable to the effects of asbestos because they have longer to live in which to develop mesothelioma.

• NUT policy is that all asbestos should be removed from all schools. We campaign for its complete removal but recognise that staff and pupils need to be protected now, pending removal.

• Double Standards - it was deemed necessary to remove asbestos from the Houses of Parliament and the DfE yet the occupants of schools are told by Government that generally it is safer to leave it in place.

• Asbestos is not always well-managed in all schools, so don’t assume that this is necessarily the case in your school. Exposure incidents occur regularly, sometimes leading to prosecutions, but we are also concerned about long term, low level exposure which may not be noticed.

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MANCHESTERS 4TH ANNUAL DUCK RACE on 29th March 2013

16th April 2013

Good Friday for the past four years a charity duck race is held in the Spinningfields area of Manchester to raise money for Brainwave. This is a national charity which supports children with brain injuries aged six months to twelve years, offering physical and cognitive development programmes.

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Asbestos Remediation at King’s Cross Station

12th November 2012

One of the significant projects Forest Environmental has carried out was the Asbestos Remediation of the entire main train shed roof to the station.

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Eurosafe UK CDM Competent Approved

1st November 2012

Forest is pleased to announce that we are now an approved contractor with Eurosafe UK.

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