NUT: “Nearly 90% of schools still contain asbestos”

nut-logo1NUT conference 7 April. Christine Blower, NUT general secretary, said: “The continuing presence of asbestos in our schools is a scandal.  Nearly 90% of schools still contain asbestos and teachers are dying in increasing numbers. In 2012 alone there were 22 teacher deaths from mesothelioma. ..

The Coalition Government has not acknowledged that there is a serious problem with asbestos in schools and as a consequence has, despite its recent Asbestos in Schools Review, failed to provide a long term strategy to address the problem. …

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New School-focused asbestos training courses

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The dangers of asbestos when badly managed are now widely known in the UK. Strict regulation on the management of asbestos means that in order to reduce risk to your staff and students, it is vital that the right people have the right knowledge on asbestos to minimise risk.

ALS have worked with schools and colleges for decades; we have used that knowledge to produce training courses tailor-made for the education sector.

The requirement to deliver training is enshrined within The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012; the key objectives are to:-

  • ensure that the training meets legal requirements
  • ensure the training is bespoke and covers the needs of different duty holders in schools.
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Who is competent for annual asbestos reinspections?

Sign up to a reinspection of your asbestos register and get a free copy of our electronic asbestos register system ‘ARMS’!

SafetyMARK Approved School SupplierLike any building material, asbestos containing materials are subject to potential damage and degradation. As an asbestos product degrades it can be more likely to become a hazard to health, therefore should be inspected at regular intervals to ensure its condition has not deteriorated.

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 require your Asbestos Management Plan to be reviewed annually. Undertaking a re-inspection survey of your asbestos materials is a critical part of this review; it involves a competent person inspecting and recording the condition of any previously identified asbestos products within a building.

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We need a proper review of asbestos in schools, say campaigners

A long-awaited report addressing asbestos in schools is leaving millions of children and staff at risk, a Labour MP says. As discussed on Education Executive online, in its delayed review, the Department for Education made five key pledges including creating clearer guidance on managing asbestos in schools and ensuring all duty holders were aware of their responsibilities in relation to the killer dust, Schools Week reports.

Unions and campaigners have welcomed the action, but want a thorough review to uncover how much asbestos there is in schools. A recent two-year survey of school properties did not include asbestos assessments.

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Government Review of Asbestos Policy in Schools

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AS REPORTED ON THE NATIONAL UNION OF TEACHER’S WEBSITE FOLLOWING SUSTAINED PRESSURE FROM THE NUT AND OTHER EDUCATION UNIONS, THE GOVERNMENT HAS FINALLY PUBLISHED THE FINDINGS OF ITS REVIEW OF ASBESTOS POLICY IN SCHOOLS.
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Beware Asbestos

HSE is in the middle of a campaign called “Beware Asbestos” which will run until March 2015. The objective is to raise awareness and promote safe working practices among those workers most at risk. These tend to be tradespeople working on smaller projects in the construction and maintenance sector, but the risk extends across the majority of workplaces.

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