CWMCARN ASBESTOS SCHOOL: Council must apologise for misleading, ‘ignorant ‘ advice - union

South Wales Argus: 'MISLEADING ADVICE': Construction union UCATT say Caerphilly council's advice was misleading 'MISLEADING ADVICE': Construction union UCATT say Caerphilly council's advice was misleading

A UNION is demanding that Caerphilly council retract and apologise for providing misleading advice about the dangers of exposure to asbestos.

Construction union UCATT say that following the closure of Cwmcarn High School due to discovering high levels of brown asbestos, the council has issued “highly misleading information about asbestos safety” and that this advice has been repeated in the media.

The union added that Caerphilly Council gave misleading statements when the council said: “Short term exposure to asbestos is not considered to be harmful, but there may be harmful effects of very long term exposure.”

Steve Murphy, General Secretary of UCATT, said: “This is the most outrageous thing I have seen regarding asbestos safety. There is no safe level of asbestos exposure. Breathing in a single fibre of asbestos could lead to the fatal and incurable cancer mesothelioma.”

UCATT have also contacted the local MP and Assembly Members and the Health and Safety Executive to raise their concerns that the wrong advice is being given to the local community.

Mr Murphy, added: “Caerphilly Council must withdraw this information immediately and apologise. Not only is it endangering everyone attending the school but anyone else reading the advice would be given the totally wrong information about the safety of asbestos.”

UCATT, which has a significant number of members at Caerphilly council, is advising them not to visit Cwmcarn High School until the asbestos problem has been safely resolved. The union will also hold urgent talks with the council about their existing asbestos policies, across all departments.

Nick Blundell, Regional Secretary for UCATT’s Wales Region, said: “Local UCATT members are outraged about this minding numbingly ignorant advice. The Council clearly have no knowledge of the asbestos regulations.”

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11:26pm Fri 19 Oct 12

rlewis says...

I had already read online about the possible fatal consequences of even minimal exposure, and was surprised when I read Caerphilly Council's statement. They are probably afraid of being sued by a pupil's parent, like me. All 900 + sets of parents and school staff should be made fully aware of all the correct facts about inhalation of asbestos in a public meeting.
I had already read online about the possible fatal consequences of even minimal exposure, and was surprised when I read Caerphilly Council's statement. They are probably afraid of being sued by a pupil's parent, like me. All 900 + sets of parents and school staff should be made fully aware of all the correct facts about inhalation of asbestos in a public meeting. rlewis
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8:29am Sat 20 Oct 12

Bobevans says...

There seems to be lot of misleading information being published about the risk of asbestos.Asbestos is still commonmly found in buildings and in sheet form poses no real risk. It is loose airbourne fibres that pose the risk and even then it would require considerable exposure to air bourne fibres over a long period of time, Smokers are more at risk.

The main risk is to people working with asbestos
There seems to be lot of misleading information being published about the risk of asbestos.Asbestos is still commonmly found in buildings and in sheet form poses no real risk. It is loose airbourne fibres that pose the risk and even then it would require considerable exposure to air bourne fibres over a long period of time, Smokers are more at risk. The main risk is to people working with asbestos Bobevans
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