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NASUWT: New register offers help for those worried about exposure to asbestos

The new asbestos register will help people in the event they ever develop an asbestos-related disease. It will also be used to keep those who register up-to-date on changes to the law on potential compensation claims.

The NASUWT and Thompsons Solicitors have also produced a factsheet entitled ‘Asbestos in Schools’.

It contains practical advice and useful contacts for parents, teachers and others who have worked in schools. A copy is available from the NASUWT and Thompsons Solicitors and is available on their websites at www.thompsons.law.co.uk or at www.nasuwt.org.uk/asbestos

Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary, said:

“Nothing is more important than the health and welfare of the children and young people in our schools and the staff who work in them.

“The national roll-out of this register has come after a highly successful launch of the register in Wales, where concerns about asbestos in schools have seen Education Minister Leighton Andrews demand that asbestos levels in all Welsh schools should be checked.”
 
Ian McFall, National Head of Asbestos Litigation at Thompsons, said:

“The creation of this register and the publication of the factsheet is designed to reassure staff and parents who are worried about exposure to asbestos that help and guidance is to hand.

“Some organisations will try to scaremonger, but it's important to understand that not everyone who is exposed to asbestos goes on to develop an illness as a result. There are many people who have been exposed to asbestos in the past who have never suffered any health problems."

ENDS

Notes to editors

A copy of the factsheet is attached




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