Asbestos, a real health risk in our schools
I was reading a news item last month about the health and safety in schools when it comes to asbestos, and how after an audit by the Health and Safety Executive 20% of the 164 schools surveyed had unacceptable procedures in place for dealing with asbestos, which as we all know can result in very serious health conditions. (you can read the full article here).
Its really important that you understand the roles and responsibilities when it comes to dealing with asbestos in your school, and whilst we are no experts in the removal of asbestos, we can help to define the actions required to stay compliant and safe.
Everyone knows how important it is to have a completed survey that identifies the presence and location of asbestos, but what then? All organisations must have a plan to manage any asbestos that may exist. The plan should include actions and responsibilities. Critically, the duty of care extends to contractors whose activities may disturb asbestos containing materials. Many businesses do not fully appreciate that it is their responsibility to ensure the safety of visiting contractors rather than simply leaving it to the contractor and this should form an integral part of their safety management system.