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Asbestos in Schools

The white paper has been designed to provide important information to those who work in schools, in particular those who are responsible for the maintenance of the property and teachers.

Our white paper covers everything from:

  • The risks of asbestos found in schools
  • The best approach on identifying and managing asbestos
  • The legal requirements

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Asbestos in Schools – Managing risk effectively

With widespread concern over the potential harmful effects of asbestos in schools, modern air sampling and analytical techniques have the ability to better protect the health and safety of teachers and pupils. There is no safe limit of asbestos for people to breathe and we want everyone with a responsibility for safety in our schools to better understand the situation. In particular, we want head teachers, governors, local authorities and the government to ensure that everyone is doing everything they possibly can to ensure that school environments are safe.

Our video highlights the beneficial role that reassurance monitoring using SEM can play in managing asbestos in schools.

As the market leader with many decades of experience in asbestos management issues, we take our role as safety specialists very seriously.

In particular, we are aware of the emotive debate that often surrounds the issue of asbestos in schools and have seen the concerns raised by various groups and organisations on this matter which have been prompted by the growing numbers of teachers dying from mesothelioma, as well as the implicit health risk to children.

Many schools are old buildings and by their nature are also vulnerable to various forms of wear and tear and accidental damage with the potential release of asbestos fibres.

Because of these factors, we are already working with some local authorities and independent schools that have recognised the benefits of the more powerful and detailed analysis that is available using scanning electron microscopy (SEM).

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