A very heavy day today with overcast skies all day. So warm though.
Ray and I worked together packing our case for going away tomorrow. Our beloved Louis is going to his kennels where he has the company of so many dogs so he can talk to the dogs that are his neighbours.
Speech is all ready but Its going to be a tight schedule as I arrive at 2.10pm and Im in a meeting with nurses who are interested in meeting a 5th liner Mesothelioma Patient.
Im not working by notes for that but will just chat about my life and my trial.
Then we go out to dinner tomorrow evening. The Big day being Saturday when we will meet so many friends old and new.
Schools are back in the headlines again as they have so much Asbestos
75 percent of schools in England and Wales contain asbestos
Asbestos in schools has long been a major problem since the increase in the uses of asbestos hurtled out of control during the 1950’s to the 1980’s………today it is still a problem that needs to be taken extremely seriously.
Shockingly and also in addition to this revelation, the House of Commons education committee has heard up to 300 former pupils die each year from exposure to asbestos.
As a result, numerous organisations including the National Union of Teachers (NUT) have called for urgent action to ensure that all materials containing asbestos are removed from educational facilities as soon as possible.
The report entitled Asbestos in Schools provides a comprehensive background to the problem stating that:
‘Fourteen thousand schools were built after the Second World War and almost all those built before 1975 contain asbestos. Most of the other schools that were refurbished during this period also contain asbestos.’
The report also identifies materials that cause the greatest concern when it comes to asbestos including lagging used on pipes and in boiler rooms and also areas where asbestos has been sprayed, such as ceilings and around structural beams.
Its is a long established fact that the UK has the highest Mesothelioma incidence in the world, at more than twice that of France, Germany or the USA. An HSE report concluded that this is because of the quantity and types of asbestos that Britain imported although all types of asbestos can cause Mesothelioma.
In order to find a solution to the issue, the report calls for a phased removal of all materials containing asbestos containing materials from schools. People at risk from exposure to asbestos include Caretakers/Janitors, refurbishment workers and even parents who sometimes carry out ‘ad-hock’ repairs and ‘odd-jobs’ in and around the school properties.
The Asbestos Specialists provide a wide range of courses specifically aimed and built around the problem of asbestos in schools, ranging from The Management of Asbestos to basic asbestos awareness courses which of course are all fully compliant and approved by recognised associations and bodies such as UKATA and RoSPA, call us if you want to know more.
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This really shocks Parents
Over the last year IATP has been working in cooperation with JUAC & GMB to develop a presentation that can be delivered across the UK by Union Representatives to school staff, governors, bursars, head teachers.
” Julie Winn, Chair of the Joint Union Asbestos Committee (JUAC) was delighted to launch the new IATP/JUAC Presentation on Asbestos in Schools. The presentation was developed through a partnership initiative to help raise awareness on the ground in UK schools and colleges of the dangers posed by asbestos. Asbestos was used extensively in the building and refurbishment of UK schools between about 1945 and 1975. Asbestos remains in situ in more than 75% of UK schools and a significant number of schools have been found to be failing to meet their legal duties when it comes to asbestos management. As the number of teachers dying from mesothelioma continues to rise year on year the need to raise awareness has never been more pressing.
Julie said: There is a lack of transparency around the issue of asbestos in schools. Getting the message to those in UK schools who are teaching and learning around this deadly substance is therefore vital in ensuring that asbestos fibres are not inadvertently disturbed. This presentation not only provides important information about asbestos in schools, it also highlights the need for accredited asbestos management training for those with responsibility for asbestos in schools. JUAC wishes to thank IATP for this important contribution to the campaign aim; which is to make all UK schools & colleges safe from asbestos.”
Please read the Presentation as the pictures are showing everything you have heard me talk about. Doors slamming and Asbestos falling down on desks.
Other good news today
Government plans to deduct legal fees from the damages paid to people dying from asbestos exposure are unlawful, the High Court has ruled.
The Asbestos Victims’ Support Groups Forum UK brought the action against Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.
The group challenged his decision to allow 25% of damages awarded to mesothelioma sufferers to be used to pay legal insurance premiums and costs.
The Ministry of Justice said it was “disappointed” with the judgment.
Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.
It can take decades to develop, yet people live for an average of just nine months after diagnosis.
Around 2,000 people are diagnosed each year, and the numbers are set to increase over the next 30 years.
Many people seek compensation by taking legal action against their former employers or the employer’s insurance company.
In 2013, there was a shift in the legal system.
The Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) moved the responsibility of legal costs from the losing party to the person making the claim.
However, people with mesothelioma were exempt from the new rules until there was a full review of the implications on this group of claimants.
The government said the review took place at the end of last year, and that the same rules should apply to mesothelioma sufferers.
The Asbestos Victims’ Support Groups Forum UK said: “It could only be described as a back of a fag packet review.”
It took legal action against the government.
In his judgement, the honourable Mr Justice William Davis said: “The issue is whether the Lord Chancellor conducted a proper review of the likely effect of the LASPO reforms on mesothelioma claims… I conclude that he did not.”
He ruled attempts to deduct costs from damages were unlawful.
Doug Jewell, from the Asbestos Victims’ Support Groups Forum UK, told the BBC News website: “We are very happy indeed. This lifts the burden of fear from thousands of mesothelioma sufferers.
“People ask about legal action because they want to look after their families after they’ve died, but they’re scared by the legal fees.
“Now they’re told they’re safe, it won’t cost you anything, and they can take action and provide for their families.”
A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: “Mesothelioma is an awful condition which can destroy lives in a frighteningly short amount of time, and we want to help sufferers and their families.
“We are committed to finding the best way to get claims settled fairly and quickly.
“It remains our view that the Ministry of Justice review of this issue was conducted fully and openly and we are disappointed with this judgment. We will now consider our next steps.”