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Asbestos Poses Mesothelioma Danger for Millions of Students and Teachers

Asbestos in Schools

It’s back to school time, and as moms and dads across the country scour the stores for the perfect backpack and the cheapest glue sticks, they are unaware of a danger that may be lurking in the local elementary, middle and high schools: asbestos. Parents need to educate themselves about the carcinogenic material, learn what questions to ask, and then take the step of asking in order to keep their children safe from a mineral that can cause mesothelioma, a rare and fatal form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.

Most teachers who work in older school buildings are aware of the risk of asbestos exposure, but shrug it off as just another cost of doing a job that they love. Parents, however, will be shocked at the information that the Environmental Protection Agency gathered and published back in 1984: asbestos is present in the majority of United States schools, and in roughly one third of the schools where asbestos was present, it was in the deteriorated condition that poses the highest risk to those exposed to it. The agency estimated that meant roughly 1.4 million school employees and 15 million school students every year, exposed to a cancer causing material that is the single source of malignant mesothelioma.

In case you adjusted your level of concern when you heard that the study was done over thirty years ago, assuming that the problem was fixed, think again. A study was conducted last year, sponsored by U.S. Senators Ed Markey and Barbara Boxer to see what kind of protective steps have been taken on behalf of students and school employees exposed to asbestos, and what they found was that over two thirds of state education agencies indicated that the asbestos that had been found in their schools was still in place. Making matters worse, there were no actions being taken to either monitor or address the issue.

As a parent, you have a right to protect your child and demand that schools follow the law, inspect their schools regularly, and prepare a plan to prevent or reduce the hazard posed by this dangerous carcinogen. Over 3,500 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year, decades after they have been exposed. If your school does not respond to your inquiry and you have knowledge that asbestos is present, contact the Environmental Protection Agency.

Danziger & De Llano is a law firm that is dedicated to providing assistance to those who have been exposed to asbestos as a result of negligence. We help people get the compensation that they deserve to help pay for their medical expenses and care. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, contact us today to learn more.

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