We need the government to change its position on dealing with asbestos that is already in public buildings. The HSE guidance has to change.
Please write to your local political representative (MP, MSP, MS, MLA) asking them how they will take action to remove asbestos from our public buildings.
These are the kinds of questions with which you can challenge them:
- In the past asbestos “in situ” has always been deemed as being safe if managed properly, however two recent studies by the HSE (linked bellw) have shown there to be a substantial increase in younger female teachers being diagnosed with mesothelioma. Given the findings in these more recent studies are you now concerned for the safety of our children in schools, especially when 80% of schools in the UK contain asbestos?
Asbestos-related disease statistics in Great Britain, 2020 (hse.gov.uk) https://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/causdis/mesothelioma/mesothelioma-mortality-by-occupation.pdf
2. How would you support a phased programme to remove asbestos from all public buildings in the UK – starting with schools?
- Mesothelioma and all other asbestos related conditions are generally associated with older men who worked in traditional industry. Would you agree, given these recent HSE studies, that asbestos continues to take the lives, but now from a completely different demographic and so should be removed from all public buildings?