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My wife died aged 51 of mesothelioma. She had been a primary school teacher for thirty years and had taught in five independent schools and more than eighteen state schools, the majority of which contained asbestos. Mesothelioma is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos and is always fatal.

This paper is the result of 5 years research into the problem of asbestos in schools.

Information on asbestos in schools

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The analysis of the statistics in this paper shows the following:

“The number of deaths from mesothelioma among school teachers is far higher than one should expect in what appears to be a low risk occupation.”

The HSE have stated in relation to teachers that:
“There are too many deaths among a group which are supposed to have had very little asbestos exposure.”

If one compares teaching with other professions, it can be concluded that:
A disproportionate number of female school teachers die from mesothelioma.

The number of deaths among teachers is statistically significant, and therefore it must be said that:
“There is a direct relationship between asbestos in schools and teachers’ deaths from asbestos exposure.”

The HSE have not given an estimate of how many children have been exposed by asbestos at school and have died as a result. However if one considers the number of teachers who have died from asbestos related cancers, the greater numbers of children and their particular vulnerability to asbestos, then it is probable that:
“A significant number of children are exposed to asbestos at school and die as a result.”

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