Conversion of schools to academies could mean loss of vital information about asbestos in buildings, the GMB warned today.
The Commons education select committee will hear evidence on asbestos in schools on March 13.
The school support staff union has provided evidence as part of the Joint Union Asbestos Committee.
Links between asbestos and lung disease were identified in the 19th century, but profit-hungry firms continued using it in a wide variety of industries until it was banned in 1992.
GMB believes information on its presence will be lost as schools increasingly opt out of local authority control.
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