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Teacher’s Diagnosis Highlights Mesothelioma Risk in Schools


A recent mesothelioma diagnosis in the UK once again dramatically highlights the fact that even a small amount of asbestos can be deadly. Sixty-three-year-old school teacher Marion Potts of Brockenhurst died of mesothelioma in a Southampton hospital in June. According to an article in The Mirror, the Coroner recorded a verdict of “death from an industrial disease” after hearing evidence last week that Potts actually saw asbestos dust being released when she pinned work on the classroom walls. Most recently, Potts was head of the English department at Romsey School in Hampshire until her retirement two years ago. Mesothelioma is a growing threat among school teachers, administrators, maintenance workers, and even students in British schools. A government report released last … Continue reading Teacher’s Diagnosis Highlights Mesothelioma Risk in Schools »

Parents and School Clash over Asbestos Removal

The Environmental Protection Agency says, when it is performed according to their stringent guidelines, asbestos removal (also called abatement) is safe.  But a group of New Jersey parents is taking no chances with the fiber known to cause mesothelioma. The parents in Leonia, New Jersey have won a fight with school administrators to delay asbestos removal at their local elementary school.   Like thousands of older school buildings throughout the country, the Anna C. Scott Elementary School in Leonia was built using a number of asbestos-containing building materials, common until the 1980’s.  As long as these materials stay intact and are left in place, the EPA says they don’t pose a health threat to students or teachers.  But when asbestos begins to … Continue reading Parents and School Clash over Asbestos Removal »