Asbestos in Schools

A former art teacher in Stroud, Gloucester has recently died from mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer caused by asbestos, fourteen months after being diagnosed. Jennifer Barnett taught art for seventeen years at Archway School before retiring to care for her fourth child. It’s known that she spent her time at the school pinning students work around the class room where she would breathe in the harmful fibres. This news comes just weeks after Asbestos Advice Helpline released an infographic showing 9 out of 10 schools still contain Asbestos and a single pin can release 6000 fibres.

In the past 10 years, 14 teachers have died from mesothelioma, but it also affects pupils. BBC followed Chris Wallace who was exposed to asbestos in his school whilst he was a pupil and at the age of 37 he is now living with Mesothelioma. Once diagnosed only 40% of people with mesothelioma will survive longer than a year and a tiny 8% living longer than 5 years.

Asbestos is obviously still very present in schools and is in desperate need of being sorted to keep pupils and staff safe. EMS have experience surveying in schools and are able to provide any consultation or training should it be required. For more information feel free to get in touch on 01432 263333