Don’t breathe in

This report from the UK think tank ResPublica is a review of research, policy, and practice on asbestos.

It has been 20 years since the use of asbestos was banned in the UK. Yet the material is still present in many of our buildings, where it remains a serious threat to public health. This report considers the potential harm which this substance continues to present, especially in our public buildings including our schools and hospitals. The report argues for the reform of the Health and Safety regime around the management of in-situ asbestos to accurately reflect the risk it poses to the people who work in and attend our public buildings. It shows that the UK’s current asbestos monitoring standards fall significantly short of other European nations and calls for parity with these standards to better protect teachers, nurses and other members the UK public. The recommendations outlined in the report are designed to move us towards a society free from asbestos and its associated health risks.

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