The UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) has argued against the decision not to recall sets of children’s crayons found to contain traces of asbestos.
Craig Evans, the organisation’s general manager, said he wishes to raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos, following a decision which means that crayons with asbestos in them – that have been marketed towards young children – will remain on sale. It’s been said that the crayons, which were made in China, don’t pose a threat to anyone as the asbestos is set in the wax, though Mr Evans disagrees.
“This scenario takes no account of the risk of asbestos being released when children use them,” he noted. “Children (and some adults) also tend to put pencils and crayons in their mouths. When you factor in that the average child goes through some 730 crayons by the time they are ten, the risks could be greater than initially thought.”
One company has chosen to remove the products its shop floor, and has received praise for doing so, reports wakefieldexpress.co.uk. Some of the sets are branded with images from popular children’s TV shows and films, such as ‘Peppa Pig’ and ‘Frozen’, making it difficult for parents to know which products are safe. Mr Evans also pointed out that asbestos cannot be identified easily, especially when it is hidden in unexpected areas.
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