Teachers Exposed to Asbestos in the Classroom

Emma Wightman

03 July 2015

There have been recent reports in the local media about teachers who were exposed to asbestos whilst at work and have now developed an asbestos related condition such as pleural plaques, asbestosis and malignant mesothelioma. Only this week there was asbestos discovered at St Joseph’s Primary School on the Greystone Road in County Antrim which necessitated the relocation of pupils to alternative accommodation for the remainder of the school term.

In general, schools built prior to 2000, may have asbestos containing materials.  Current Government policy is that as long as the asbestos is in good condition and is unlikely to be disturbed, it is better to manage it rather than to disturb it.  However, it is important that all schools are assessed for risk of asbestos and managed in an appropriate way. 

If you consider that you or a member of your family has been exposed to asbestos and have been diagnosed with an asbestos related condition, you may wish to discuss the possibility of making a claim. If so please contact Emma Wightman on 028 9024 3901 or contact us online using the contact us form.