In November 2009 there were 78,204 confirmed or presumed asbestos sites in Queensland schools.
More than 11,000 sites have slight to major damage.
More than 100 sites are in an "unstable" condition.
94 asbestos "events' have been recorded in Queensland schools during 2009.
About two Queensland schools are being forced into a partial shutdown each week because of asbestos problems.
The use of all forms of asbestos in Australia has been banned since 2003, including its import and export.
But asbestos is present in most buildings constructed prior to 1990.
Asbestos can be found in Queensland school -
* Bunsen burner safety mats,
* vinyl ( lino ) flooring ( there are thousands of cases across Queensland ),
* bag racks,
* old telecommunication pits,
* pipes around trees.
Asbestos in Queensland school buildings can be exposed -
* when it is dislodged during vandalism,
* when it is dislodged during repairs or upgrades to classrooms.
There have been numerous incidents of asbestos materials being drilled during the installation of data cables and airconditioners in schools.
* when it is dislodged during damage to school buildings,
* when asbestos debris resurfaces in school playgrounds, sandpits and ovals.
Queensland Association of State School Principals president Norm Hart says that it was common practice in the 1950's to bulldoze and bury school buildings.
"Over time the material can come to the surface and when it does appear ... there is an issue," he said.
This old fill directly exposes children to asbestos. During the 12 months to September 2009, some of the worst material was debris found in primary school play areas.
QUT asbestos expert William Kwiecien says that the risk to Queensland school students from asbestos debris is "extremely low" in most cases, as sheeting with smaller percentages is most likely to resurface.
But the Queensland government revealed in November 2009 that it had rated one type of asbestos wall sheeting as far more dangerous because it could potentially crumble.
Mackay is the worst area for asbestos in schools across Queensland, with some of the most degraded, and therefore dangerous, material in their school buildings.
One Townsville teacher died of mesothelioma, the cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, after repeatedly wiping asbestos dust off desks when it fell from her classroom's ceiling.
Queensland Department of Education and Training ( DET ) staff have made 409 Workers Compensation notification claims since 2005 after being potentially exposed to asbestos.
Queensland teachers are advised to lodge a notification claim if there is a chance that they have been exposed to asbestos.
This will help facilitate future access to workers' compensation if required.
Between 2002 and November 2010 -
18 WorkCover asbestos-related claims made by Queensland Department of Education and Training staff have been accepted.
Seven of these claims were for asbestos-related illnesses.
Seven were for psychological injury related to exposure.
Four were for possible exposure.
Turner Freeman are also representing other teachers who have been exposed to asbestos.
In 2013 a Queensland teacher was reported to have been paid $642,194.50 by WorkCover after being exposed to asbestos.
State Government to combat classroom assaults on teachers, Alison Sandy and Anthony Gough, The Sunday Mail, 3 March 2013
And in March 2016 a former Toowoomba science teacher was diagnosed with cancer.
He said he had been "inadvertently breathing in a ticking time bomb" because the Bunsen burner safety mats, which were made from asbestos, were slowly disintegrating.
His claim was settled in May 2016 by Slater and Gordon's Martin Rogalski.
Qld teacher developed cancer from asbestos, Jamie McKinnell, AAP, 5 July 2016
Cancer Council CEO Professor Ian Oliver says mesothelioma is expected to kill up to 18,000 Australians by 2020.
In November 2010 Queensland opposition education spokesman Dr Bruce Flegg renewed his calls for the Queensland Government to place large red stickers on walls and ceilings in Queensland schools to indicate the presence of asbestos.
In 2011, the Labor government had launched two independent reviews into the satellite dish installation program, after it was revealed inadequately trained contractors had dislodged asbestos in more than 20 government-owned houses.
It reviewed 195 government-owned homes --
predominantly houses owned by the Queensland Education Department, attached to schools
-- and found 22 tested positive for asbestos disturbance.
Asbestos and satellite dish link still secret, Anthony Klan, The Australian, 8 October 2012
To view the Education Queensland asbestos register visit : www.education.qld.gov.au/asbestos
Opposition sees red over school asbestos, Kristy Sexton-McGrath, ABC News : 25 November 2010.
Teachers may strike over asbestos find, Petrina Berry, AAP, news.com.au : 23 November 2010.
Hundreds more children exposed to asbestos in state schools, Tanya Chilcott, The Courier-Mail : 30 Noveember 2010.
Hundreds lodge claims : Teachers in asbestos risk plan future compensation, Tanya Chilcott, p.2, The Courier-Mail : Wednesday 17 November 2010.
Calls for greater focus on asbestos, AAP, The Courier-Mail : 28 June 2010.
Schoolkids forced to shower in clothes after asbestos in roof fell on them at Mackay, Tanya Chilcott, The Courier-Mail : 12 March 2010.
Asbestos riddles Coast's schools, Anne-Louise Brown, The Sunshine Coast Daily : 22 November 2009
Asbestos shuts class, Tanya Chilcott, schools reporter, P. 4, The Courier-Mail : 21-22 November, 2009
Danger in school dust, Page 4, The Courier-Mail : November 21-22, 2009
Kids potentially exposed to asbestos, The Courier-Mail : 21 November, 2009
State school asbestos assessment reveals 80,000 risky sites , Tanya Chilcott, The Courier-Mail : 20 November, 2009
Schoolkids exposed as asbestos found in ovals, sandpits, Tanya Chilcott, The Courier-Mail : 28 September, 2009.
Asbestos in hundreds of schools, Kelmeny Fraser, The Sunday Mail : 26 July, 2009