Did you know that asbestos has been used to manufacture products that are still present in today's schools? The United States has still not banned asbestos completely, meaning school children are constantly at risk for exposure to deteriorating products and materials. Are you wondering what asbestos products pose a hazard to your child in school buildings?
If a school's buildings were constructed before 1990, it is likely that asbestos is present in one form or another. Not only were construction materials made with asbestos, products like chalkboards contained it as well. Asbestos is known to resist heat and flame, and including it in these products was thought to make school a safer place for workers and students. Unfortunately, dangers of asbestos exposure were not publically announced until after asbestos-containing materials and products had been installed in nearly half of America's school buildings.
As seen in the video above, older ceiling tiles can contain asbestos. Unfortunately, an umbrella will not protect children completely from the fibers. Asbestos fibers are smaller in diameter than a strand of human hair, making them invisible to the naked eye. Once inhaled or ingested, serious respiratory conditions, including mesothelioma cancer, can begin to develop.
Asbestos floor tiles were very common in the early 20th century. When these tiles break down, asbestos fibers can be released into the air. Many schools seal or remove these tiles when updating and renovating older structures.
Not only did asbestos use in U.S. schools put children at risk for exposure, teachers are some of those most at risk for developing mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure at work. Do not hesitate to reach out to an experienced mesothelioma attorney if you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease due to exposure at school or on the job.
Source: Asbestos Network