Pupils 'removed asbestos without protection'

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19 May 2006, BRUSSELS — Children with learning difficulties at a Genk public school were forced to clean asbestos without protection during school hours between 1997 and 2000, it has been alleged.

19 May 2006

BRUSSELS — Children with learning difficulties at a Genk public school were forced to clean asbestos without protection during school hours between 1997 and 2000, it has been alleged.

The pupils were forced to clean asbestos from walls and ceilings at the school De Richter, exposing them to enormous health risks, newspaper 'Het Laatste Nieuws' reported on Friday.

Asbestos may only be removed by specialist firms given its carcinogenic properties.

The pupils worked without protective equipment in clouds of asbestos dust and used the most primitive tools: namely: a hammer, chisel and crowbar.

Despite the fact that the school director was warned at the start about the health risks, she allowed the works on the gymnasium, undercover playground and the meeting room to continue.
  
None of the seven teachers who protested about the work at the time is still employed at the school.

The current school director has refused to comment on the matter.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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