As­bestos found in schools

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

As­bestos has been found in 186 Glas­gow schools.

Nearly half of all Scot­land’s schools have the banned sub­stance in their walls.

More than 1,600 state nurs­eries, pri­maries and sec­on­daries con­tain can­cer­caus­ing as­bestos, which was used as a cheap, fire-proof sub­stance in the sec­ond half of the 20th cen­tury.

In­hal­ing as­bestos fi­bres can lead to the killer disease mesothe­lioma, a lung can­cer, which ap­pears up to 50 years af­ter ex­po­sure.

The schools and nurs­eries found to have had as­bestos in­clude Kings Park Se­condary School, Ard­na­hoe Nurs­ery, Castlemilk Day Nurs­ery, Castle­ton Pri­mary School, Croft­foot Pri­mary School, King’s Park Pri­mary School, Kirkriggs Pri­mary Schooland St Brigids’s Pri­mary School.

The for­mer Cairns Pri­mary School build­ing in Half­way, which is no longer in use, was also found to have as­bestos inside.

A Glas­gow City Coun­cil spokes­woman said: “We have a ro­bust man­age­ment pro­gramme in place to en­sure safety in all our build­ings and work­ing closely with the health and safety ex­ec­u­tive.

“Our staff also re­ceive on­go­ing train­ing and in­struc­tion for re­port­ing.”

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