Three universities in Wales have revealed that some of their student bedrooms contain asbestos, despite keeping quiet on the issue previously.
Cardiff University, Aberystwyth University and the University of Wales Trinity St David all revealed that certain student bedrooms contain asbestos. However, all three said they had not told students about the findings because levels were too low to pose a threat.
The British Lung Foundation wasn’t quite so blasé, though, calling the universities “reckless” for allowing more than 3,000 students to live in rooms containing asbestos, huffingtonpost.co.uk reports.
Cardiff University was found to pose the largest threat, after 1,500 rooms were found to have the material present. These included rooms at Aberconway Hall, Cartwright Court, Roy Jenkins Hall and Talybont North. There were 1,088 bedrooms found to be containing asbestos at Aberystwyth University and a further 443 at the University of Wales Trinity St David.
It was a much better story at Swansea University, Cardiff Metropolitan, Bangor University and Glyndwr University, though, as there was no trace of asbestos found at any of their halls of residence. Meanwhile in the University of South Wales, some rooms at the Caerleon campus were said to contain asbestos, although they are no longer used for student accommodation.
Commenting on the reports, president of the National University of Students (NUS) in Wales, Beth Button, told bbc.co.uk: “It is concerning to hear that such a large number of rooms in university accommodation across Wales may contain asbestos.
“We strongly encourage institutions to take this issue seriously and put the safety of students first, whilst ensuring they remain completely transparent with students about the standards of their accommodation.”
For more information, see our blog post on what to do if you discover asbestos in your building.