BBC report that asbestos is still present in as many as 86%

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The BBC reported today that asbestos is still present in as many as 86% (nine out of ten) UK schools, which is a figure much higher than previously released by the Government.

Asbestos is present in 86% of UK Schools

These findings came from freedom of information requests through local authorities by Asbestos in Schools campaigner, Michael Lees, whose wife Gina died of mesothelioma in 2000.

Over the last ten years, 158 teachers have died from mesothelioma and following the death of his wife, aged 51, it soon became clear in his investigation into her death that the lack of asbestos management and the resultant exposures of staff and pupils in schools is a national problem. In the fifteen years since her death, he has campaigned tirelessly to make schools safe from the dangers of asbestos.

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Asbestos is present in 86% of UK Schools

Michael has represented the Asbestos in Schools Group in meetings with the Prime Minister and Ministers and represents the victims of asbestos exposure on the DfE Asbestos Steering Group.

There is now increasing pressure on the Government to assess the scale of the problem and the risks, to adopt a policy of openness and to implement practical policies that will ensure the safety of staff and children in the nation’s schools.


Where the removal of asbestos containing material is required to ensure the continued safely of those attending and working in the school, we recommend undertaking works using a competent and licensed asbestos removal company, who have demonstrable experience of working within the education sector.

Decontaminate (UK) Limited, (part of The DE Group has worked on a significant number of education projects and through collaborative working have provided an assured and collaborative approach to working in what is a very sensitive environment.

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The DE Group is a leading specialist group of construction-specific companies; whom operate across a variety of sectors in the UK. The Group companies consist of Deconstruct UK, Derisk UK, Decontaminate UK, Deploy UK (Construction & Rail), Develop UK. The formation of the Group began in 2009.

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