An article published by the mirror.co.uk at the beginning of April reported on a recent study which claimed that because a lot of schools were built with asbestos-containing materials after the WWII, up to 300 former pupils and 15 teachers a year are likely to suffer from mesothelioma, the asbestos cancer, or from other lung diseases caused by the substance.
Not all schools in UK have been surveyed for asbestos so experts say that these numbers are very likely to increase after more buildings are investigated. Also, many of the pupils, teachers and people that worked in those schools were never told that the buildings were built using asbestos materials. And from those who were asked, one in three teachers said they witnessed incidents where asbestos could have been disturbed. Because asbestos-related diseases have a long period of latency and the substance’s effect can occur after 30 or 40 years from when it was actually inhaled. This is why in the future years, so many people are susceptible to suffer from mesothelioma.
The National Union of Teachers in the UK are requesting that all schools in UK are surveyed for asbestos and all risks are assessed in order to get a full and complete picture of the gravity of this situation.
Unfortunately, the article ends with a damning conclusion:
“According to the World Health Organisation, Britain has the highest mesothelioma rate in the world of 17.8 deaths per million of population.”