Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 5°C

min temp: 0°C

Search

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.

shares

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.”

shares

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

Will we see snow tomorrow?

In the first of our daily guides to days out in Ipswich, we bring you rollerskating sessions, football and the possibility of snow play in Christchurch Park.

Temperatures have again dropped and there is a risk of snow - bringing fresh dangers to our roads.

Centre manager Andy Gillon holds Riley in the puppy unit at the new Blue Cross Centre in Ipswich.

Cats and dogs looking for new loving families can now enjoy a stay at a state-of-the-art centre while they wait.

Residents at Bucklesham Grange Residential Home enjoyed a day of activities on Valentines Day .Residents decorated cookies and were given chocolates and roses. L-R Tanya Finch, Pauline Acres and Pamela Mills.

Love was in the air at a Suffolk care home as residents enjoyed a Valentine’s Day treat.

East Anglian Air Ambulance. Library image.

Emergency services were sent to a serious two-car crash in Ipswich last night.

Warren Hill at Hollesley Bay

A Hollesley Bay absconder who went missing on Wednesday January 27 has been detained in Hertfordshire.

Len Phoenix with his latest swimming medals taking his total to over 1000.

Our photographers travel across Suffolk and north Essex, recording the events of the week.

Haughley Park was a blanket of white on the morning of January 17.

Forecasters have issued a yellow weather warning for possible snow and ice across the region today and tomorrow.

Fire engines

Fire crews tackled a blaze at a large outbuilding earlier today (February 14).

St Elizabeth Hospice launch of a brand new challenge to win your wedding at Glemham Hall

Couples waiting to tie the knot can enter a competition run by St Elizabeth Hospice to have their big day all paid for.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24