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Report Wants Asbestos Removed From All Public Buildings By 2028

The European Parliament has filed a report calling for the removal of asbestos from all European public buildings by 2028.’ 

According to official figures from the Health and Safety Executive, between 2002 and 2010 a total of 128 school teachers died from mesothelioma.

However, the campaign group Asbestos in Schools says that this figure is not accurate. They say it underestimates the true scale of mesothelioma deaths among teachers because it does not include those over 75 years of age.

Other asbestos support and campaign groups have reported that they are constantly being contacted by former teachers, lecturers, nurses and other healthcare workers who have been exposed to asbestos while working in public buildings.

An example of one of these tragic stories is that of Gina Lees. Gina was a primary school teacher for 30 years and succumbed from mesothelioma aged only 51.

Dr Robert Hunter recently said that he fears that many more teachers, nurses, pupils and wives of men in manufacturing jobs could develop diseases caused by asbestos dust.

Statistics reveal that over 35,000 people died from asbestos-related diseases in the UK between 1997 and 2007.

There are now approximately 4,000 asbestos-related deaths per year. Experts warn that this number is likely to increase over the coming years.

A vast majority of MEPs supported the European Parliament’s call for asbestos removal.

The report compiled by the European Parliament will help improve on UK safety rules which have already seen the banning of asbestos mining and the manufacture, processing and use of asbestos products.

A call for a screening and registration programme for public buildings contaminated by asbestos as well as a map for asbestos-free workplaces and an asbestos-free environment were all included within the report.

Currently, Poland is the only EU state to have an action plan for an asbestos-free country in place.

Furthermore, the report will also call for victims of mesothelioma to receive satisfactory compensation. The UK Government currently has a compensation scheme in place for all newly-diagnosed victims of mesothelioma. The proposed scheme will see mesothelioma victims who cannot trace their former employer and/or insurer receiving adequate compensation.

The UK has the highest number of mesothelioma victims worldwide, with someone succumbing to the disease every five hours.

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