Lib Dem leader calls for Wales survey of asbestos in schools

First published in Gwent news

KIRSTY Williams, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, is calling on the Welsh Government to conduct a national audit of asbestos in schools following the closure of Cwmcarn High School.

The Islwyn school, which has more than 900 pupils, shut late last Friday after a structural report identified asbestos.

The mid-Wales AM, said: "Asbestos is a hidden killer and I am very concerned that pupils, staff and teachers at our schools could be unknowingly exposed to asbestos. Many of our schools that were built between 1940s and 1980s used asbestos during construction for its fire-retardant and insulating properties and the mere act of sticking a drawing pin into a wall could disturb the fibrous crystals."

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3:55pm Tue 16 Oct 12

ChicagoWelsh says...

Asbestos inspections are a good thing, but keep it in perspective, all the talk of "hidden killer" and "the mere act of sticking a drawing pin into a wall could disturb the fibrous crystals." are frankly a load of ****. Asbestos managed in place is actually safe, if it deteriorating it then needs to be repairs or removed by a qualified individual. It's pretty straightforward, the last thing needed is the usual 'if a reaction is good, an overreaction must be better' **** from politicians.
Asbestos inspections are a good thing, but keep it in perspective, all the talk of "hidden killer" and "the mere act of sticking a drawing pin into a wall could disturb the fibrous crystals." are frankly a load of ****. Asbestos managed in place is actually safe, if it deteriorating it then needs to be repairs or removed by a qualified individual. It's pretty straightforward, the last thing needed is the usual 'if a reaction is good, an overreaction must be better' **** from politicians. ChicagoWelsh
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