Unions push for asbestos surveys in schools

Last Updated on 20th February 2024 by max2021

Asbestos surveys in schools, are they fit for purpose?

Schools in the UK have been sent urgent warnings by Unions in April 2013, to check whether they have warm air cabinet heaters. Such heaters have the potential to contain dangerous asbestos fibres.

The stark warning follows a case dating back to October 2012, involving a High School in Wales. It was revealed that Cwmcarn High School was closed due to the discovery by HSE, that asbestos fibres were being released from the school’s heaters in the classrooms. The school has since remained closed for over 6 months.

It is therefore imperative that schools have asbestos surveys carried by professional asbestos consultants, to ascertain whether they have warm air cabinet heaters and whether these contain asbestos.

Over 75 per cent of Britain’s state schools contain asbestos, according to the Asbestos in Schools: the need for action report. The report discloses that much of the asbestos is poorly maintained, meaning that children and staff are exposed to this harmful fibre.

Asbestos management are set out in the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. This guidance provides:

This advice is for:

It applies to:

Guidance to help schools and colleges understand their duties in relation to asbestos management is covered in documents published by the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE). The following documents can be downloaded free by clicking on the links. duty to manage asbestos guidance and asbestos management checklist for schools.

The union’s long-term aim is the phased removal of all asbestos from UK schools and colleges.

For information regarding asbestos surveys or any other related queries, please contact the Armco office 0161 763 3727.


Published May 03, 2013

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