Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 21°C

min temp: 17°C

ESTD 1874 Search

The pigs have arrived. See the latest

Pigs Gone Wild

news here.

Suffolk: Asbestos could be present in hundreds of our schools

15:30 27 December 2012

Asbestos

Asbestos

SHOCKING figures have revealed that asbestos could be present in hundreds of schools across the county.

Statistics obtained by a Freedom of Information request to Suffolk County Council show that 350 schools in the county could contain the material.

The data revealed the schools affected were opened before the year 2000. However the county council said asbestos is not dangerous unless it is disturbed.

In response to the FOI request, Suffolk County Council said: “An asbestos review was carried out at all Suffolk County Council premises in Suffolk including schools prior to 2008 and from this, our Asbestos Management Plan, was developed.

“This showed the extent, type and location of the asbestos. A programme of annual condition surveys are now carried out at all sites to monitor the condition of the asbestos.

“From our surveys we know that the only asbestos present in schools is in the form of solid materials such as asbestos cement where the asbestos fibres are firmly locked in the matrix of the material. This sort of asbestos only represents a threat when it is disturbed. At any other time it does not represent a threat.”

More than 228 teachers have died from asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma since 1980 according to the campaign group Asbestos in Schools.

Tim Humpage, partner at Gotelee Solicitors in Elm Street, Ipswich, said he has had enquiries from school staff.

“On a personal level my wife is a teacher so it’s something that I’m very aware of,” he added. “I would say around here, in my experience, it’s not something that has had a significant number of claims but with 350 potential schools with asbestos it’s by no means unlikely.

“I have had dealings with someone who was a workman at a school who disturbed asbestos that he had not been told about. That was not to bring a claim but to ensure the council had got a full record of the incident so if the worst was to happen and he develops mesothelioma, he has full documentation to protect himself.”

Councillor Lisa Chambers, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for environment and property management, said: “We have worked with schools to implement a clear procedure for the effective management of asbestos contained materials in our school buildings.

“The asbestos management plan ensures the right steps are taken to minimise the health risks to our staff, students, contractors and members of the public visiting or working within school premises.”

2 comments

  • This is a pointless story, Unless its disturbed it will not harm anyone. Its like saying there are 100 dangerous dogs near suffolk schools

    Report this comment

    the opinion man

    Thursday, December 27, 2012

  • Unfortunately the 'opinion man' approach is flawed as schools do not test the condition of their hidden and encapsulated asbestos and do not test whether school activity is disturbing it and releasing fibres.

    Report this comment

    Richard

    Friday, December 28, 2012

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Myrtle Turner teaches her last fitness class in Saxmundham after 52 years of teaching.

At 86 it’s not unexpected that all the members of Myrtle Turner’s fitness class would be younger than she is – but she is the session leader.

Search being co-ordinated at Jaywick for a missing kayaker

People are being urged to stay safe if they visit the seaside this summer after the death of a canoeist off the coast at Jaywick on Sunday.

The scene of a crash on the A134 near Sudbury

Two pensioners were airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital after a crash in Sudbury left them in a life-threatening condition this afternoon.

East Anglian Air Ambulance

A woman suffered a broken leg after falling from a horse in Santon Downham, near Brandon.

Gemma Edgar and her son Noah with her brother Lee Relf, who has launched into fundraising for the Children's Eye Cancer Charity and is doing a sponsored cycle around Suffolk castles dressed as knights in honour of his nephew.

The uncle of a Colchester boy living with cancer is looking forward to embarking on a Knight Rider Challenge this weekend to raise funds for a charity that supports children with the disease.

Lady Of the Lake Pub

A former soldier who was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when he punched a Suffolk pub landlord has walked free from court after his victim said he did not want him to go to prison.

A loo with a view in Pakefield

With so much to see and do on the Suffolk coast, a day trip is just never long enough - so why not make a weekend of it? Or even book a week-long holiday?

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24