The grieving family of a mesothelioma cancer victim have set up a new campaign and petition to protect children and teachers from asbestos exposure in our schools.
Lucie Stephen’s mum died from mesothelioma earlier this summer. She believes her mum was exposed to asbestos in the schools she taught in for many years. Lucie promised her mum before she died that she would raise awareness of the disease and try to help others who may be in the same situation.
The campaign is being aimed at the Secretary of state for Education, Justine Greening.
The family want the laws to change and for every school in the UK to have to produce annual reports detailing any asbestos that may be on the premises and feed this information back to parents and teachers. The family would also like to see a plan of action from the UK government concerning phased removal of asbestos in schools, as nothing has been done to date.
There are some astonishing facts concerning asbestos in our schools. The vast majority of schools contain asbestos, and amazingly, teachers and parents aren’t aware of the dangers as they aren’t being told whether or not their school contains asbestos.
The number of deaths continues to rise, with the UK boasting the highest death rate out of any other, and it’s not just affecting teachers and children, but also other school staff including admin and maintenance staff.
School children are still the most at risk though as they are more likely to contract mesothelioma than adults are.
The point that Lucie and her family are trying to make is that asbestos related deaths can be prevented as we’ve known about the dangers for a long time. It’s time for the government to take action and to take steps to totally eliminate asbestos from our schools.
If you would like to sign the petition to protect children and teachers from asbestos in our UK schools, then follow this link https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/protect-our-children-and-teachers-from-asbestos-exposure-in-schools#
Hopefully, together we can make a difference.
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Published Aug 08, 2016