UK has the highest mesothelioma death rate for Teachers
Last Updated on 16 February 2021
Latest facts and figures show the effects of asbestos in schools have reached an even higher death rate with teachers dying from mesothelioma.
Death rate of teachers dying from mesothelioma soars
Asbestos is a naturally occurring, fibrous silicate mineral which was used in a variety of products for hundreds of years such as building materials. Inhaling asbestos fibres aggravates lung tissues, which cause them to scar and develop illnesses such as mesothelioma, a cancer of the lung.
The United Kingdom possesses one of the highest rates of mesothelioma in the world, largely because the UK government permitted the use of asbestos long after other countries outlawed the mineral’s use.
Last year 22 teachers died of mesothelioma, meaning the UK has the highest death rate in the world.
Children are particularly vulnerable to developing mesothelioma. A five year old child that is exposed is five times more likely to contract mesothelioma than someone exposed to asbestos in their 30’s. It is reported that between 200 and 300 people die each year from exposure to asbestos as school children.
So why do we still have asbestos in schools?
There are now petitions in place to make parents aware of where they are sending their children.
The Government should introduce and implement a policy for the management of all asbestos in all schools to ensure the safety and health of our children and teachers.
Please click here to see a copy of an example letter that you can send to your child’s school for their safety regarding asbestos. There is also a petition in place to protect children and teachers from asbestos exposure in school.
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