The death of a teacher in Wales , in the UK , has resulted in a major call to the government to survey all schools and to make sure that asbestos is removed from all schools by 2010. Members from the Association of Teachers and Lecturers will be backing demands made to the government for this potentially deadly material to be removed.

Sixty nine year old retired teacher, Renee Blowden Eden from Wales , died as a result of exposure to asbestos from schools, according to reports. This has heightened concerns relating to the dangers that lurk in the UK ‘s schools due to asbestos presence.

One industry official stated: ” We are deeply concerned about the continuing risk to teachers, support staff and pupils from asbestos. We don’t know how many schools still contain asbestos, so most teachers have little idea of whether they or their pupils are being exposed.”

She added: “Schools should keep and maintain asbestos registers to record the locations and condition of any asbestos, and let staff know. Over 400 ATL members know they have been exposed to asbestos in their school or college. But this is the tip of the iceberg. Many teachers and pupils will be unaware, and because asbestos related illnesses take between 15 to 60 years to develop it is difficult to know how many will become ill or die as a result of exposure.”

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