The new asbestos classes will be introduced in schools in New South Wales in the next three years.
The changes will see a new section on ‘environmental concerns’ and an increase in the amount of materials and information provided to students.
They will also include the introduction of a ‘new science’ section which will include ‘the use of asbestos as a structural component for buildings’.
It will also introduce ‘a new science’ category called ‘environmentally-relevant materials’.
New asbestos-contaminated asbestos materials will also be included in the science section, including ‘anodised aluminium and steel’.
There will also still be asbestos-free materials such as aluminium, copper, zinc and lead in the school curriculum.
Education Minister James Merlino said he believed the new asbestos material would help students gain an understanding of the effects of asbestos-related toxins and their possible health impacts.
“A major factor in this is that we’ve got asbestos in our schools,” he said.
This is an area that we’re looking at doing a lot of work on, including looking at the health effects of some of the new toxins, and we’ve also looked at the toxicity of asbestos.
He said this was “the most important” thing that had to be tackled in the future.
Mr Merlino added that he believed it was important to consider what the risks are to the environment, and that the new materials could help improve the quality of our schools.