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Lesson 13

Asbestos – Health Risks in Schools

As schools get older, exposure to asbestos becomes a greater risk. This can affect students, teachers and anyone else working at the school.

Health risk stats

  • In the 1980s three teachers died each year due to mesothelioma
  • By 2012 this had risen to 22 deaths each year
  • Since 2015 around 40 each year from mesothelioma
  • Mesothelioma has caused at least 363 deaths since 2001


  • Five times more likely to contract the disease than adults aged 30
  • It is estimated that for every teacher’s death, nine children will die
Always be careful when you see anything out of place in your school. The item probably won’t contain asbestos, but it’s better to be safe than sorry!