Worrying failures in school asbestos management

The Health and Safety Executive has published a report into asbestos management at a sample of 164 independent, voluntary-aided and foundation schools and academies. Of these, 110 were found to require “advice” whist 28 schools were served formal notices.

Typical failings included inadequate training, absence of an asbestos survey, no management plan, and no system to manage risks. HSE highlighted that confusion appears to exist in some schools over the roles and responsibilities of duty holders.

Michael Lees of the Asbestos in Schools campaign described the findings as “disgraceful and dangerous”.

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