TEACHERS AND PUPILS NEED GREATER PROTECTION FROM ASBESTOS
The NASUWT, the teachers’ union, marked Workers’ Memorial Day by remembering the hundreds of teachers and other staff that have lost their lives due to asbestos exposure in schools.
The NASUWT has consistently called for greater action to be taken to protect the education workforce and pupils from exposure to asbestos, the hidden killer in our schools.
The Union’s own casework has found that in too many schools statutory and good practice provisions relating to the management of asbestos are being flouted.
Workers’ Memorial Day is an international day of remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled, injured or made ill by their work.
The theme for this year’s Workers’ Memorial Day is “good health and safety for all workers whoever they are.”
The NASUWT believes it is vital for the government to continue to focus on the health and safety of all workers, including the education workforce.
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
“Trade unions have campaigned for years for the safety of workers in the workplace.
“Yet today there are millions of workers suffering health problems relating to their work, including exposure to asbestos.
“It is scandalous that over 300 teachers in the UK have died from entirely avoidable asbestos-related disease.
“There are still significant numbers of schools ignoring health and safety provisions and who are not managing their asbestos effectively, putting pupils and staff at risk.
“Research undertaken by the NASUWT reveals that more than 75% of schools today are riddled with asbestos, putting at risk the lives of teachers and pupils.
“Any future Government after June 8 must demonstrate that it will champion the right to a healthy life for all workers, including teachers.”