Belfast Telegraph

Monday 24 November 2014

Asbestos still a major problem

CHRISTMAS is a time when we need to think of others and the UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) would like to urge everyone, from builders to teachers, to have a happy and healthy New Year by being aware of the danger of deadly asbestos.

Recent stories have raised fears that the message on this killer substance is not getting through. Second World War gas masks containing asbestos being shown to schoolchildren is a worry, and 75% of schools still contain it.

Asbestos will not pose an immediate risk unless disturbed, but teachers need to be aware that stapling, or nailing, work to walls could release the deadly dust.

And builders need to know there are no shortcuts.

DAVID NICHOL

Vice-chairman, UKATA

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