A number of schools in the UK have been handed improvement notices due to a series of asbestos failings.
In its latest asbestos in schools inspection initiative, which took place in 2013/14, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that some institutions still have a relaxed approach to the potentially damaging fibres.
HSE inspected a carefully-selected, random sample of 153 non-local authority schools between April 2013 and January 2014.
These institutions included independent, voluntary-aided and foundation schools, free schools and academies.
But while the vast majority (71%) required either no further action or were given straightforward advice, almost a third (29%) received written advice from the HSE.
Over one in 10 (13%) of these were subject to enforcement action in the form of improvement notices.
This enforcement action was taken over failures to do with required control measures; such as training staff and producing written management plans – not because staff or pupils were considered at significant risk of exposure.
Over the last few years there has been a lot of work by stakeholders across the school sector to raise awareness of the duty to manage asbestos.
The latest findings show that awareness of these requirements has increased since the previous inspection initiative in 2010/11, although managing asbestos requires ongoing attention and there is still a long way to go before schools eliminate the threat.
Claiming compensation for asbestos exposure
If you have ever come into contact with asbestos in the past, it is recommended that you visit your doctor as soon as possible for a check-up.
Illnesses or diseases resulting from asbestos exposure in the workplace can take several years to develop.
They will explain everything in layman’s terms and collect all the evidence required to obtain the maximum possible compensation for your claim.