An academy in the Albany School District has had to be closed for the forthcoming school year as a result of asbestos problems. According to reports student from the Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology will have to be relocated to other schools in the area after a massive problems with asbestos was discovered during remedial works that were being carried out.

After school finished last month remedial works began at the academy to deal with what was thought to be a small asbestos issue. However, after works had commenced workers realised that the problem was actually far worse than originally anticipated, and as a result the academy has had to be closed for the safety of school employees and students.

Following the discovery of the asbestos, air samples were taken at the academy, and according to report there were no signs of elevated asbestos levels in the air. However, officials have said that it is important that the asbestos is removed before students are allowed to come back to the school for their own safety.

Asbestos is a product that was once used in the construction of many public buildings such as schools, but it was later discovered that exposure to airborne asbestos dust and fibers can cause a range of health problems, such as scarring of the lungs, respiratory problems, and even a form of cancer known as mesothelioma.

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