As leading nationwide specialists in asbestos consultancy, here at Trident Asbestos Solutions, we know full well how crucial it is to educate as many people as possible on the risks that asbestos can pose, particularly when one comes into direct contact with it.
It therefore doesn’t surprise us that the organisation in the UK representing education worker unions warned its members that they could be putting themselves and children in danger if they put up Christmas decorations in the classroom, given how asbestos can be disturbed as a result.
Almost 90% of British schools still contain asbestos
In issuing its directive through the Department for Education, the Joint Union Asbestos Committee (JUAC) warned school staff across the country that nearly nine in 10 schools still harboured some of the toxic material.
JUAC said that when staples and pins are put into walls and ceilings as part of the process of decorating classrooms for the festive season, microscopic asbestos fibres can be released. This, in turn, may have serious health implications for those nearby.
The Department for Education stated: “This activity should not be taking place in schools where asbestos is known to be present.”
JUAC urged school staff to determine whether asbestos was present in their building, as well as exactly where it was located. It added that those working in schools who suspected that asbestos was, indeed present should also avoid piercing the walls and ceilings of classrooms, corridors or halls with staples or pins to hang Christmas decorations.
School employees were therefore told to seek out alternative methods for the display of holiday decorations and other artwork.
The JUAC directive continued: “Any school built before 2000 is likely to contain asbestos. Nearly 90% of schools still contain asbestos and children are known to be most vulnerable because of the long latency of asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma.”
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