Beware this deadly killer still in our midst

ON Action Mesothelioma Day, July 1, 2011, I will be remembering my dear father who died of Mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. My father developed this devastating disease by merely going to work and.

This year on Action Mesothelioma Day we will be warning the general public that asbestos is dangerous, that even low levels of exposure to asbestos can cause a devastating cancer. It constantly alarms me that any building built before the year 2000 may contain asbestos.

It particularly worries me that there is a general lack of awareness to the dangers of asbestos in our schools. In a survey by the National union of Teachers, only 20% of respondents stated staff had undertaken any asbestos awareness training.

By highlighting our personal stories and memories, we are saying ‘no more’ to asbestos deaths. We can achieve this if the Government undertakes a comprehensive audit of the extent, type and condition of asbestos in schools, and the standards of management; undertakes an assessment of the risk to the occupants, with particular emphasis on children; reinstates the Asbestos Awareness Campaign - The Hidden Killer, which warns maintenance workers of the dangers of exposure to asbestos; stops cuts to the Health and Safety executives budget.

To find out more please contact the Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team (DAST) on (01246) 380415.

Margaret Bailey