Health Warnings-3: “Asbestos Roofing Harmful”

Some schools in the city have asbestos roofing. Asbestos exposure is prone to fatal diseases like mesothelioma or lung cancer. It is very dangerous for the children who inhale the asbestos dust. The time-limit between asbestos exposure and disease onset is longer in many cases. Although institutions are aware that asbestos sheets can be replaced with other substitutes like glass fibre, carbon fibre and organic fibre, the alteration is not done. The school authorities must take the matter seriously. – K.Aravind, Pazhavanthangal, Chennai

Courtesy: “Vent Your Anger”, Deccan Chronicle, Chennai, July 28, 2008

A detailed article on “Asbestos” from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Articles: “Stop Asbestos!”, “ILO to promote global asbestos ban”, “Breathtaking” and “Selling death” from Hazards Magazine. UK:

Article on “The Wittenoom Tragedy” from the site of Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia Inc.

Article on “Asbestos is the UK’s biggest workplace killer” from the Trade Union Congress, UK, website:

Article on “Asbestos Deadly Serious – Prevent Exposure!” from European Agency for Safety and Health at Work’s Website:

Article on “Hazardous Materials: Asbestos” from the website of Heggies Pty Ltd, Australia:

Article on “Asbestos Danger: Do You Have Zonolite In Your Attic?” from the website of NBC5.

Grateful thanks to Mr.K.Aravind, Deccan Chronicle, Hazards Magazine-UK; Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia Inc.; Trade Union Congress, UK; European Agency for Safety and Health at Work; Heggies Pty Ltd, Australia; NBC5; and Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.