Despite the fact that over one hundred and twenty schools in the region have been found to contain asbestos, the Highland Council in the UK continues to insist that neither employees nor students are at risk from exposure to the potentially deadly material, which is a known carcinogenic.

Asbestos has been identified in one hundred and twenty four of the schools in the region, and this includes over fifty percent of primary schools and around eighty percent of secondary schools. Asbestos is a substance that can cause a range of health problems through exposure, including a form of cancer known as mesothelioma.

“We do not believe that any asbestos in schools presents an immediate risk. The council has management arrangements and controls in place to ensure that asbestos is recorded,” stated David Goldie, the council’s interim director of housing and property services

He added: “The presence of asbestos is taken into account in any building maintenance work being undertaken and any work undertaken to buildings containing asbestos is managed within the relevant regulatory framework.”

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