Living With Mesothelioma -My Diary- A Asbestos report on Schools

Nice sample of Elvis Weathercock animated gifs - Snoring elephant can't hear the alarm clock ringing and sleeps in through the morning matinee at the circus

Oh dear one of my really early waking days today. Ray was fast asleep nothing would wake him, I on the other hand could here water running and found the radiators were on and it was really hot.

It was 4am when i looked through tired eyes at the clock.

I made a coffee and sneaked around in the dark.

Tucked up in the den and on the computer there is always someone up and chatting.

Checked on Debbie and Tess and they were Ok today infact Tess was really back to normal and happy today so I was able to relax.

Kat in Australia did loss a Warrior she said –Another Meso victim now in a pain free Heaven. Trevor you fought so hard, R.I.P mate.















The candle is lit for Trevor.

After Lunch it was a walk with the dog but the wind was still biting away and breathing is so tight. But they have promised milder week I do hope so.


I wish the Queen a quick recovery bless her stomach bugs are nasty

on 26th February 2013, the GMB union who represent school support staff welcomed the call for evidence by the House of Commons Education Select Committee on the issues around asbestos in Schools. Robin Nower, Director of Derisk UK – Asbestos Risk Management, discusses the issues surrounding the management of asbestos in schools in the UK. –

The issues of asbestos in schools in not a new one and recent column inches in the press have heightened the focus and concerns. It is entirely understandable that as a society we are concerned about the presence of asbestos in our schools, nothing being more emotive than the health and wellbeing of our children.

It is also not surprising that unions are additionally concerned with the health and wellbeing of their members with recent cases being heard on the apparent effects of low concentration long duration exposure to asbestos being contributory to asbestos related disease.

As is often the case the figures quoted are ‘scary’ in stating that 75% of schools contain asbestos with ‘much’ of it in a dangerous condition which is an, as yet, unquantifiable figure. However the focus should really be the apparent specific exclusion of asbestos from the DfE audit on school condition and the concerns that there is no identification of dutyholder responsibilities with concerns that asbestos information will be lost.

In all of the statutory instrument revisions that deal specifically with asbestos from the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002 through to the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 there has been a specific ‘duty to manage asbestos in non-domestic premises’ under Regulation 4. This has required there to be a dutyholder defined by –

(1) In this regulation “the dutyholder” means –

(a) every person who has, by virtue of a contract or tenancy, an obligation of any extent in relation to the maintenance or repair of non-domestic premises or any means of access thereto or egress therefrom; or

(b) in relation to any part of non-domestic premises where there is no such contract or tenancy, every person who has, to any extent, control of that part of those non-domestic premises or any means of access thereto or egress therefrom,

The use of ‘every person’ in the text clearly shows that this duty can be shared and schools are the perfect example of where this is often the case in that both the Local Authority and the School themselves having an obligation in relation to maintenance and repair in the buildings.

Shared dutyholder responsibilities very often get blurred and the result of this can be neither party completely executing their duties, or worse, being in conflict over who has the duties.

As more schools become academies or free schools and move away from the Local Authority their governors rapidly become responsible for the management of asbestos in the school and will find that they have no competence in the school to assume the dutyholder responsibilities.

The management of asbestos is so much more than just the identification of asbestos containing materials (surveying). It is the management of maintenance and repairs work, the communication of risk, the management of registers, the co-ordination of tasks, the creation and implementation of procedures and processes through a mandatory Asbestos Management Plan, and so much more.

The competence to manage these responsibilities will rarely be found within the school and independent, impartial and practical competent asbestos risk management support will need to be sought.

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I cant believe that in this day and age we see a picture of someone picking up raw asbestos, no protection, how can they do this to someone who is just earning money to feed his family???

Worker in asbestos factory near Ahmedabad scoops up armfuls of raw asbestos.

From his tiny, ramshackle home in Ahmedabad 71 year old Naran Mehra cuts a forlorn figure.
The former power station worker is sick after years of exposure to asbestos that’s used as an insulator in his workplace.

‘When it would blow, my hair would turn white’. Naran Mehra

Unwittingly, he brought the danger home. His wife Sevita Devi used to shake asbestos dust from his clothes before washing them and now she’s also stricken with disease. With no money for proper medical care the couple have given up hope for the future.

Asbestos illness in India is under-diagnosed and mostly unrecognised as a health problem. But with the proliferation of factories making and using asbestos products and an import trade in asbestos building products booming, India has become a new frontier for what’s sure to be a dramatic, devastating health crisis.

Indian asbestos workers have little in the way of safety equipment and if they contract a respiratory illness like asbestosis or a cancer like mesothelioma few are paid compensation.

And unlike many developed countries where asbestos products have been banned, India can’t get enough of what’s called poor man’s roofing. Alarmingly it’s a first world nation that’s supplying the stuff. Canada won’t use asbestos itself but it is selling it by the shipload to India. Business is so brisk Canada is breathing new life into its asbestos mining industry to bolster its exports.

‘It amounts to Canada being a purveyor of death around the world. Our country is an exporter of a deadly substance, and we enjoy it … at least our federal government does’.Professor Amir Attaran, University of Ottawa

The asbestos industry is pouring millions of dollars into a campaign to assure India and convince any other developing nation that may be in the market that white asbestos, or chrysotile, is safe.

‘This particular asbestos has not been known to give cancer, so far’ Abhaya Shanker, Managing Director, Hyderabad Industries

Reporter Matt Peacock has spent decades investigating and uncovering many of the health scandals caused by asbestos. In fact much of his reporting has helped to elevate awareness about the dangers of asbestos in Australia. He’s encountered some shocking scenes in his career but India’s asbestos drama shocked even this seasoned correspondent.

‘I first began covering the story of its trail of death in Australia thirty years ago. Back home and in other developed countries the problem now is how to get rid of it. But India it seems is racing headlong into repeating the same mistakes only on a massive scale.

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