Hamilton high school closes early due to ‘breach of asbestos’


Published May 3, 2022 at 1:43 pm

Sir Allan MacNab Secondary School closed early on Tuesday (May 3) as officials conduct an investigation into a possible asbestos breach. (Google Streetview)

Staff and students at a Hamilton high school were dismissed early on Tuesday (May 3) due to an investigation into asbestos exposure.

According to the school and the city’s public school board, Sir Allan MacNab Secondary School on the west mountain will remain closed for the rest of Tuesday as the investigation into a ‘breach of asbestos’ gets underway.

Details about the possible asbestos breach are expected to be shared later Tuesday on the school’s website.

In the meantime, students in self-contained classes can be picked up at the Sir Allan MacNab rec centre. There is no word yet on whether programming at the rec centre will be impacted by the school’s closure.

According to Health Canada, asbestos can be found in buildings built in Canada, especially if they were built prior to 1986. Sir Allan McNab was built in 1969.

Breathing in asbestos fibres can lead to serious illnesses, such as lung cancer, asbestosis, mesothelioma, and chronic pulmonary disease.

Effects of asbestos exposure are latent and may not show up for 15 or more years.

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