A campaign has been launched by teaching unions to encourage the government to fund the removal of asbestos in Norfolk schools, due to the high number of schools listed on the council’s asbestos registry.
There are currently 392 schools listed by Norfolk County Council as containing asbestos on their premises – 120 of which are academies. Schools built before the final banning of all forms of asbestos in 1999 could potentially have asbestos within their walls, and therefore pose the well-documented risks of this “silent killer”, including of causing
conditions like mesothelioma.
“A timebomb that is waiting to go off”
While the council has referred to the Health and Safety Executive’s advice that asbestos does not pose a health risk “when it is intact and in good condition”, the Norfolk branch and district secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, Bob Groome, has described the situation as “a timebomb that is waiting to go off.
“Schools just don’t have the money to pay for it, and with the cuts being made to county councils they don’t have the money to pay for it. The government should pay, because if they can afford for it to be removed from Parliament and other government buildings, we feel it should be removed from schools, too. Why should we put our future generation at risk?”
Groome encouraged parents to get in touch with their MPs to put pressure on the government to eradicate asbestos from these schools, and suggested that they should also request to see their school’s asbestos register if they were concerned about the presence of the lethal substance.
The campaign has also attracted the backing of other local union branches, including the National Union of Teachers and the NASUWT.
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