A Diary Of A Mesowarrior Living With #Mesothelioma. Doris went east, #Asbestos in Schools A New GOV Report


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Yesterday was a calm day and a better day after Doris had calmed down travelled East and away from the UK.

She had left a trail of damage behind her.

The headlines

Picking up the pieces: Britain faces £400million bill for Storm Doris and now the north braces for flooding after four inches of rain

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4255814/Calm-storm-Britain-picks-pieces-Doris.html#ixzz4ZfyC0gLx

Thats a lot of damage but we had a calm day and lots of sunshine so we spent some time in Whitstable, it was very busy. We were amazed at just how many people were in town, we had taken Louis with us. So many dogs passed us by I was so pleased Louis behaved and greeted each one as we passed with a wag of the tail.

He hates the traffic though and our narrow street is hard to navigate when there are so many shoppers.

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We only had to go to the bank and then went on out to the field for Louis to run off lead, free and happy.

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Asbestos in Schools is back in the news with a Gov Report out.

Seems that at last they realise just how bad the situation is and we will have to wait to see what happens now.

Asbestos in schools is a “serious” problem which could threaten the health of children, a Government report has found, as it concluded that thousands of schools are failing to follow safety guidelines.

One fifth of schools which responded to an official survey were found to be “not fully compliant” with asbestos procedures, leaving over a million children potentially exposed to dangerous fibres.

Of those, over 100 schools were deemed a “significant cause for concern” and required government intervention. The Department for Education (DfE) said it emailed those schools and received “reassurances” the asbestos is now safe.

School leaders have branded the report’s findings “deeply concerning”, and urged the DfE to instigate a works programme that would see asbestos removed from all schools.

Even low levels of exposure to asbestos fibres can cause both lung cancer, as well as cancer of the lining of the lung called mesothelioma.

Most victims die within 18 months of diagnosis, but it often does not appear until around 40 years after the person first breathes in the dust.

One fifth of schools which responded to an official survey were found to be “not fully compliant” 
One fifth of schools which responded to an official survey were found to be “not fully compliant”  Credit:  Christopher Furlong

The report, published yesterday by the Education Funding Agency (EFA), found that around 20 per cent of schools were “not fully compliant” with asbestos procedures “in that they did not have fully documented plans, processes and procedures in place at the time of the data collection, or did not know if asbestos was present.”

The EFA is part of the DfE and oversees funding for all schools, academies and colleges in England.

Earlier this week a report by the National Audit Office (NAO) found that “asbestos is a significant, and potentially dangerous, issue in many buildings, including most schools”.

The NAO report also noted that “the department does not collate information on the number of school buildings affected”.

According to the National Union of Teachers, 319 teachers have died from mesothelioma since 1980. It is estimated that for every teacher’s death, nine children will die, meaning over 100 people will die every year in the UK as a result of exposure when they were at school.

“These results seriously call into question the DfE’s fundamental assumption that asbestos can be managed safely left in situ, as clearly this is not happening in too many cases,” said Chris Keates, general secretary of the teaching union NASUWT.

“Asbestos is lethal. The only safe asbestos is removed asbestos. The DfE must bring forward proposals for the phased removal of all asbestos in schools without delay.”

Even low levels of exposure to asbestos fibres can cause both lung cancer
Even low levels of exposure to asbestos fibres can cause both lung cancer

A voluntary survey was sent to schools by the Government between January and March last year, but only a quarter of schools responded.

This means that true number of schools who do not comply with asbestos safety procedures is likely to be far higher, as the report notes that there may be a “selection bias” towards schools that “already manage asbestos well”.

Asbestos is lethal. The only safe asbestos is removed asbestos.Chris Keates, general secretary of the teaching union NASUWT

Ms Keates added: “It is reasonable to assume that schools who know they are not compliant would be less likely to respond, therefore the true number who are failing to comply could be substantially higher, with hundreds of schools putting pupils and teachers at risk by failing to manage asbestos effectively.”

Three quarters of schools contain asbestos, but the Health and Safety Executive say that it only presents a risk if it is disturbed or damaged, which risks fibres being released into the atmosphere.

A report on asbestos in schools by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Occupational Health and Safety in 2012 recommended that the Government set up programme to remove asbestos from all schools.

It concluded: “It is clear that, at present, there are serious deficiencies in the way that asbestos is managed in schools.”

A DfE spokesperson said: “The health and safety of children and staff in our schools is vital – that’s why we are investing £23 billion in school buildings by 2021. This will help ensure asbestos is managed safely and that the amount in school buildings continues to reduce over time.

“We have published updated guidance for schools on how to manage asbestos and the results of a survey which showed the majority of respondents have procedures in place. We have followed up with the schools which responded and did not have these procedures in place, and they have all provided assurances they are now compliant with Health and Safety Executive regulations.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2017/02/24/asbestos-schools-serious-problem-government-report-finds/

The Government report makes for frightening reading please read and please show any Parents as they must ask questions at their school

Lets push this Petition and have Asbestos banned from the Schools

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/protect-our-children-and-teachers-from-asbestos-exposure-in-schools

 

I have to add this report in

Government issues new safety warnings as study finds asbestos present in 83 per cent of schools, with 19 per cent failing to safely manage the risk

Schoolchildren and teachers are being put at risk of asbestos exposure in around one in five schools across England, according to a new report released today by the Education Funding Agency (EFA).

Nineteen per cent of schools have not been safely managing asbestos risks and in more than 100 schools the situation has been so serious that the Department for Education (DfE) had to step in.

More than 5,500 schools took part in the research into asbestos management in schools, which was conducted last year. Of those, 4,646 (83.1 per cent) reported that asbestos was present.

The research results, released today, also reveal significant failures to guard against the risks of asbestos.

“Around 20 per cent were not fully compliant, in that they did not have fully documented plans, processes and procedures in place at the time of the data collection; or did not know if asbestos was present,” the report states.

There were 114 schools where there was “significant cause for concern”. All were contacted and “have provided assurances that asbestos, where it is still present, is being managed effectively and have adequately addressed our concerns.”

‘Don’t put drawing pins in the wall’

Concern over the number of schools which were not properly managing the risks of asbestos has prompted the EFA to issue new guidance. This includes details such as reminding teachers not to put drawing pins into walls as this can release asbestos fibres where the material is present.

“Managed carefully, the presence of asbestos in your school will not pose a risk to your staff and pupils. However, poor management of asbestos in your school could endanger lives,” the EFA warns. “Undamaged, sealed materials will not release fibres. However, if materials containing asbestos are disturbed or damaged, asbestos fibres can be released into the air and breathed in by staff and children. This puts them at risk of contracting a number of serious diseases in later life, including mesothelioma and lung cancer.”

Responding to the news, Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT teaching union, said: “It is deeply concerning that 20 per cent of those schools responding to the data collection were not fully compliant with regulations.”

The data collection was a voluntary exercise so the true number of schools failing to comply with regulations “could be substantially higher, with hundreds of schools putting pupils and teachers at risk by failing to manage asbestos effectively”, she warned.

“Asbestos is lethal. The only safe asbestos is removed asbestos. The DfE must bring forward proposals for the phased removal of all asbestos in schools without delay,” said Ms Keates.

https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-news/teachers-risk-asbestos-exposure-one-five-schools

 

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