Letter to the Western Mail on contaminated gas masks

October 30, 2013 11:01 AM

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SIR - Gas masks are often used to demonstrate life in World War II to schools and history societies.

However, it has been drawn to my attention that these masks, some of which are now more than 70 years old, contain asbestos and pose a serious risk to health.

Tests have shown that if they are worn people are likely to inhale asbestos fibres.

The masks, filters and carrying bags can also be contaminated and should not be handled.

Members of JUA (Joint Union Asbestos committee) have written to the Department of Education to alert all UK schools not to use the old gas masks, and I hope you will also publicise this warning.

Jenny Willott

MP for Cardiff Central

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