MPs call for removal of asbestos from all public buildings
The all-party Parliamentary Group on Occupational Safety and Health has called for the introduction of a law to make the removal of asbestos from public buildings mandatory.
A report published by the MPs proposed a new asbestos eradication law, which would apply to all public, commercial and rented domestic premises built before 2000.
It suggested that all premises covered by the law would have to have a full asbestos survey carried out by 2022 and that where asbestos containing materials are found, all future refurbishment and repair work should include removal of the substance.
The next phase of the proposed law would see the removal of all asbestos from schools and other public buildings by 2028, with owners of commercial and domestic rental properties to organise the removal of asbestos by 2035.
Ian Lavery, Labour MP for Wansbeck and chair of the all-party group, said it was time for the Government to develop a programme to safeguard workers and the public from asbestos-related diseases by forcing the removal of asbestos from every workplace and public building in the country.
“There is far too much complacency about the asbestos which we can still find in hundreds of thousands of workplaces as well as a majority of schools where children face exposure to this killer dust,” he warned.
The proposal was backed by TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady, who said that hundreds of thousands of workers are still at risk of exposure to potentially deadly asbestos fibres every day.
She said: “The proposal from the all-party group for the safe removal and disposal of asbestos from all workplaces and public buildings is the only way of ensuring that future generations do not have to live with the continuing legacy that asbestos will leave unless action is taken now.”
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