A long-awaited report addressing asbestos in schools is leaving millions of children and staff at risk, a Labour MP says.

In its delayed review, finally publishedlast week, 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

He told Schools Week: “The review is a very important step forward that provides a firm foundation on which to build future policy.

“However, it does not propose the long-term strategy that will implement a policy to eradicate asbestos from our schools.”

Schools minister David Laws, said the government would enhance scrutiny on duty holders for managing asbestos. Schools would have to provide regular reports to the Education Funding Agency about their management of asbestos – which could be made public.

He also said that plans were afoot to improve the evidence base of the risk posed by asbestos in schools.

The report highlighted a lack of evidence, stating “we can estimate a majority of schools in England contain some asbestos, although the exact amount is unknown”.

Freedom of information figures from local authorities, reported by the BBC earlier this month, show there is asbestos in 86 per cent of schools in the UK.

Mr Sheridan, speaking at a Commons debate, added: “There needs to be a proper assessment across the UK of the level and condition of asbestos in the nation’s schools so that plans can be drawn up to remove the worst of it as it continues to deteriorate.

“Simply leaving it in place until a school is refurbished will put millions of school kids and other workers at risk.

“The report should be seen not as the end of the line, but simply as the launching pad for a proper, comprehensive policy aimed at ridding our schools of this killer dust once and for all.”

Latest figures showed 2,535 people died from mesothelioma in the UK in 2012 – more than died on the roads.

“The government is absolutely committed to ensuring that those who are responsible for school buildings are equipped with the resources, information, guidance and support that they need to do their jobs effectively.”

The government proposals are now out for consultation.



 

A quarter of construction sites recently inspected in Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk failed health and safety checks, it has been revealed.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors visited the counties as part of a clampdown to reduce death, injury and ill health.

They said 17 of the 71 sites visited were found not to meet the minimum legal standards for health and safety.

Poorly erected scaffolding and exposure to dust were raised as concerns.

Eighteen enforcement notices were issued as a result, HSE said.

They included six prohibition notices, which stopped some work activities immediately, and 12 improvement notices, which required improvements to be made to working practices.

The inspectors made unannounced visits to sites where refurbishment or repair work was taking place.

'Poor standards'

They looked to ensure companies were managing high-risk activity, such as working at height, and checked whether personal protective equipment, such as head protection, was being used appropriately.

Dominic Elliss, HSE principal inspector for construction in the East of England, said: "It's good news that the majority of the construction sites we visited were obeying the law, but sadly some sites are letting down the rest of the industry.

"Poorly erected scaffolding, exposure to dangerous types of dust, and inadequate washing facilities were among the poor standards we found on some sites.

"I hope by carrying out these spot checks we will help to raise awareness of the dangers and reduce the number of construction workers being killed or seriously injured at work."

During 2011/12, 19 workers were killed while working in construction across the East of England and a further 2,141 were seriously injured, HSE said. This article can be found on the bbc website. 



 

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Asbestos Awareness 

We run regular public open courses from our Birmingham, Wakefield, Blackpool and Conwy (North Wales) training venues.  Our UKATA Asbestos Awareness training is mandatory for those who will or may come into contact with asbestos as part of their daily work activity such as: general maintenance staff; electricians, gas fitters; plasterers; roofers; fire and burglar alarm installers; shop fitters.

Asbestos Refresher Course 

Our UKATA Certified Asbestos Awareness Refresher Training course builds upon the delegates existing knowledge of asbestos in buildings. The course encourages interactive participation by the delegates ensuring that a repeat of the initial training is not used. The course can be made bespoke to your needs and can accommodate up to 20 people per session.

Asbestos Removal Cat C New Operative Training Course

This UKATA Certified 'Category C' course  is designed for all persons about to begin work within the asbestos removal industry. This certified course is tailored to delegates who have received no prior training; it includes a mix of both theoretical and practical elements. The syllabus complies with the new control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR) 2012, along with HSE guidance as outlined in chapter 4 of HSG247.

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As an employer you have a legal obligation to provide adequate Health and Safety training to your employees. With rapid advances and availability of technology, online E-Learning Health and Safety training courses have become a much more desirable and cost effective option to employers wishing to protect their employees and themselves.

Managers Role and Responsibilities

This course is aimed at those persons who manage commercial premises or have responsibilities for the asbestos within buildings and want to know and understand just exactly what is expected of them. This one day course is suitable for facilities managers, property managers and health and safety managers who have a duty to manage asbestos in buildings as defined in regulation 4 of the control of asbestos regulations 2012.

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Spaces are available on our P405 Course in November 

Birmingham 17th - 20th November 2016

P405 - This BOHS P405 Management of Asbestos in Buildings Training course provides the delegate with knowledge and skills to be able to manage asbestos in buildings and in addition the information required to be able to conduct audits. 

Course Contents

  • Legislation – regulations and approved codes of practice
  • Asbestos in buildings – types and uses of asbestos in buildings
  • Asbestos remediation – preparation, enclosures, remediation measures and removal procedures
  • Role of laboratory – air monitoring and four-stage clearance procedures 
  • Candidates for this course are expected to be aware of the contents of The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and in particular Regulation 4 and the supporting Approved Code of Practice and guidance L143 Managing and working with asbestos 

This is an ideal course for those persons responsible for managing asbestos in a building or estate, who have no real experience within the asbestos industry.

The course covers the basics of surveying of buildings for the presence of asbestos, bulk sampling and general guidance on management procedures necessary to minimise exposure to identified asbestos.

We run regular P405 Management of Asbestos in Buildings Training Courses from our training venue in Birmingham.

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Course Duration: 4.0 Days

Price: £625 per delegate

 

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