Students sleeping with asbestos
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Students living in managed accommodation at 38 universities across the UK have slept in rooms containing asbestos in the last year. An investigation by the Guardian revealed over 17,000 students have lived in such halls, and that many of them were not made aware of it. 2,313 bedrooms at the University of Warwick and at least 1,500 at Cardiff were affected, with students being left in the dark about their potential exposure to the now-banned carcinogenic building substance. Speaking to the Guardian, a spokesman for Warwick University said: "The material containing asbestos in these rooms is fully sealed and completely safe, fully in line with all statutory requirements and good practice. We have a range of systems in place to ensure any damage in student accommodation is dealt with promptly, including a very active residential warden and tutor scheme." While all universities have management plans in place for asbestos containing materials (ACM), several have admitted that they do not tell students of its presence.
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