A council in the UK has recently stated that despite concern over the number of schools in the area that contain asbestos, it is better to leave this potentially hazardous substance in the school than to attempt to remove it because of the increased health dangers that disturbed asbestos can pose to those exposed to it.

It was recently revealed that over three hundred and thirty secondary and primary school in the county of Lincolnshire contain asbestos, which is linked to a wide range of health problems through exposure, including a form of cancer known as mesothelioma, which can take many decades to develop from the time of exposure.

An official from the local council stated: “It’s safe if it’s encapsulated and we would not want to risk that by removing it. If it’s in poor condition, subject to regular inspections, then that’s where the risk is and we would plan for a removal.”

She added: “The guidance is that it is more hazardous to remove it. Our schools have been here a considerable time. If we were building schools now, it would be a different.”

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