Asbestos - Children at greater risk
10 June 2013
A scientific advisory committee to the Government has concluded that children are more vulnerable to asbestos exposure than adults.
The Committee on Carcinogenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (CoC) was asked for advice on the relative vulnerability of children to asbestos to inform discussions of the Department for Education's Asbestos in Schools Steering Group.
There are 24,372 schools in England and it is estimated that more than 75 per cent of these schools have some buildings that contain asbestos-containing products (ACPs). This estate presents an increased potential of harm to occupants.
Pressure groups say the Government must act on the committee's findings and carry out an independent review of its policies on asbestos in schools.
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