25 and if any NUTmember is interested in joining, the librarians would be pleased to offer a guided tour and answerany specific questions. The Head Librarian, John Smith can be contacted on 660515.
Asbestos – has your school been checked lately?
From wonder material to deadly carcinogen, asbestos has had a rollercoaster ride as a material. Asbestos isnow the greatest single killer of people in work related deaths, according to the Health and Safety Executive.About 4000 people die each year from asbestos related illnesses and this expected to rise before the effectof legislation is felt.
Damaged Asbestos Insulating Board (AIB)
Teacher deaths on the increase
Between 1991 and 2000 there were 79 asbestos-related teacher deaths. In the preceding decade there wereless than 25. The NUT has called on governments from the 1980s to carry out an asbestos survey in everyschool, but to do so would
so successive governments have refused. They even refuse todebate the issue in parliament...
Where can you find asbestos?
You may find asbestos in any school building that was built or refurbished
– yes, that is 2000.Despite the evidence of asbestos’ deadly nature, it was used in buildings as late as 2000.Common examples of asbestos use would be ceiling tiles, fire blankets in Technology and Science areas,asbestos cement roofs, guttering, fall pipes, asbestos lagging on pipes, sprayed asbestos coatings on wallsand ceilings – even some vinyl floor tiles contain asbestos.
How safe am I?
In most of the forms above, asbestos is safe as long as it not damaged. When broken, fibres can be re-leased into the atmosphere and inhaled. There are three main diseases caused by asbestos: Mesothelioma(which is always fatal), lung cancer (almost always fatal) and asbestosis (not always fatal but it can be verydebilitating).
Check your school
Ask you Headteacher if and when the school was last checked.