Category Archives: Asbestos in Schools

School safety information to be discussed at conference

A range of safety-related subjects in and out of the classroom will be discussed at a conference in Lancashire, the conference will focus on school safety.asbestos in schools

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is concerned about the large number of children and teachers studying in school buildings containing asbestos.

Teachers and educationalists will hear how they can make pupils and themselves safer at an event organised by IOSH.

The event, called Embracing Risk in Education – a Fresh Approach, has been organised jointly by IOSH’s Education and Fire Risk Management groups. It will be held at Burnley FC’s Turf Moor stadium on Wednesday November 19.

It will benefit teachers, school bursars, health and safety professionals, managers and all of those in the occupational health and safety professions.

They will hear about the best measures of managing asbestos in schools where it is present. These measures include having regular surveys and encapsulating or sealing the asbestos. Read more

HSE report confirms serious failings in asbestos management in schools outside local authority control

Government Policy will allow asbestos in good condition to remain in situ for the life of the school building relies on schools operating good systems of asbestos management.

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The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR) place duties on those who have responsibilities for the maintenance of work premises, including schools, to manage the risk from asbestos.

In 2013/14 HSE undertook an inspection initiative in schools outside of local authority control.  The initiative followed the same protocol as the 2010/11 programme but targeted a different sample of schools.  The aim of the initiative was to assess the level of compliance with CAR in a carefully structured random sample of schools.

HSE Inspectors visited a total of 153 schools – 131 in England, 11 in Scotland and 11 in Wales.  A range of school types were included – foundation, voluntary-aided, independent, academies and free schools.  This report summarises the findings and identifies key messages to help all schools manage the risks from asbestos-containing materials (ACMs).

HSE’s statistics unit collated the results of all the inspections and a detailed report is available online. Overall, the duty holders’ awareness of their legal responsibilities was 9% higher than the level found in the 2010/11 inspection programme, with 95% of schools having a full or broad understanding of the requirements.  Read more

Asbestos exposure in schools: are you aware of the risks?

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), ‘asbestos is the single greatest cause of work-related deaths in the UK’.

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Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material that has been a popular building material since the 1950s. It is used as an insulator (to keep in heat and keep out cold), has good fire protection properties and protects against corrosion.

When these fibres are inhaled, they can cause serious diseases that are responsible for around 4,500 deaths a year. There are four main diseases caused by asbestos: mesothelioma (which is always fatal), lung cancer (almost always fatal), asbestosis (not always fatal, but it can be very debilitating) and diffuse pleural thickening (not fatal)…

Click on the link below to read the rest of the IBB Solicitors briefing.

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HSE announces results of asbestos management in schools inspections 2013/14

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published the results of its latest asbestos in schools inspection initiative, which took place in 2013/14.

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HSE inspected a carefully selected random sample of 153 non-local authority schools between April 2013 and January 2014, which included independent, voluntary aided and foundation schools, free schools and academies.

The majority of schools inspected (71 per cent) required either no further action or were given straightforward, simple advice. However, 29 per cent (44 schools) received written advice from HSE, and 13 per cent (20 schools) were subject to enforcement action, in the form of improvement notices. Read more