In a report published on the website of the GEW Landesverband Hessen from 28th August 2014, the union’s Environmental and Harmful Substance Officer warns about a „health risk caused by PVC plasticisers“ in schools in the German city of Wiesbaden. The author attempts to back up his alleged claims by quoting a number of out-of-date studies, the findings of which are now considered to be obsolete on the basis of current knowledge. In comparison, several recent independent studies, for example those conducted by the ECHA, the European Commission and a number of test laboratories of the German Federal States actually explicitly give the all clear where the issues featured in the report are concerned.
AGPU responded to the report by initially informing the members of its Knowledge Working Group about this latest scaremongering attempt. The AGPU Managing Director Thomas Hülsmann also wrote to the Chairman of the GEW Landesverband Hessen to draw his attention to the current circumstances and invite him to discuss the matter in person. Dr Rüdiger Baunemann, the Director General of PlasticsEurope Germany and a member of the AGPU Managing Board, also responded to the article by sending a letter to the Executive Board of the German Education Union (GEW).