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Children at risk

Children have been found to be at particular risk of developing an asbestos-related disease because of the long latency periods between exposure and the first signs of symptoms, and the boisterous behaviour of young people in schools increasing the potential danger of asbestos as they are more likely to disturb it.

Respondents to the survey had reported incidents such as children punching holes in walls, for example, or picking at plaster which covered areas where asbestos was located.