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Asbestos in Schools – The Levels of Danger are Numerous

The news has been inundated with stories regarding asbestos, asbestos removal, asbestos exposure, asbestos lawsuits and all of the health conditions that have been linked to this substance, including mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer. As the media feeding frenzy concentrates on the immediate issues and dangers that surround asbestos, one aspect of this problem that’s somewhat overlooked is the fact that asbestos is often found in locations that could present serious long-term consequences to those who in effect are required to suffer through asbestos exposure.

One of those locations where asbestos is being found with startling regularity is in schools, and this is not exactly a surprise. Asbestos was an extremely common substance in building materials for many years, and now that the dangers regarding asbestos have been discovered, enormous removal efforts are underway. Below are a few examples of people who could face serious consequences down the road as a result of asbestos in schools.

Removal Workers

One of the cottage industries that’s come together in recent years is asbestos removal. Obviously, given the inherent dangers linked to asbestos, workers have to be highly trained and extremely meticulous in their procedures to make sure that this substance is removed properly so as to minimize the dangers of exposure. However, even with masks and other precautions, being around asbestos every day by logical result will increase the chances that these workers will suffer physically someday based on their occupation.

School Staff Members

One of the more stable occupations in the United States is teaching, and that includes the administrative positions that are also part of any school’s personnel. It’s quite common to hear stories of these dedicated staff members remaining at a school for decades, and obviously, the more time spent in an asbestos-riddled school, the more likely it is that these people will ultimately suffer from exposure to asbestos.


The potential exposure to students is particularly troubling. There are many reasons for this heightened sense of worry, but the most common reason is that most students are still developing physically, and exposure to a substance that not only causes severe harm, but from which the effects can take decades to present, means that society could be looking at a potential epidemic years down the road.

The bottom line is that of all the structures in which asbestos has been used in the past, schools perhaps present the highest degree of danger for the reasons stated above. If you have been exposed to asbestos, contact the mesothelioma lawyer at Williams Hart today to schedule a free initial consultation.

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