Hundreds of schools in Kent revealed to contain deadly asbestos
Following a freedom of information request to Kent County Council, more than 340 schools in the locality have been discovered to contain asbestos, the lethal substance capable of causing such diseases as terminal lung cancer in the event of inhalation.
Asbestos is no longer used in buildings, but was used extensively before 2000 due to its fire retardant nature. Great numbers of buildings across the UK are therefore known to still contain the potentially dangerous fibres.
Kent County Council defends asbestos figures
Kent County Council has stated that it carries out asbestos surveying on a three-year rolling programme, analysing any suspicious materials on school premises that may contain asbestos and collecting samples for further study.
A dozen claims by school employees have previously been brought to the council, which has declared liability for eight individual cases, resulting in a total payout of £842,958.
A council spokesman stated: “The majority of schools in the UK have some degree of asbestos in their buildings and the presence of asbestos in itself does not present a risk to health providing it is not disturbed and is maintained in a safe condition”.
Persistent concerns over school asbestos risk
Leaving asbestos untouched reduces the risk of health issues, but detecting the presence of airborne asbestos fibres is not easy, which means that staff or children could be put at risk without their knowledge.
According to Charlotte Perkins, a solicitor specialising in asbestos claims for the Hugh James law firm, teachers are particularly widely affected: “Since 1980, 228 teachers have been diagnosed with mesothelioma having previously worked in schools throughout the UK”.
Kent-based news sources have published comprehensive lists of all the schools containing asbestos, excluding private academies, along with the dates on which surveying is next scheduled to take place.
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