Managing asbestos in schools to be discussed at conference

The best ways of preventing asbestos exposure in schools will be discussed at a conference in Lancashire.

10 November 2014

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is concerned about the large number of children and teachers studying in school buildings containing the carcinogen.

Teachers and educationalists will hear how they can make pupils and themselves safer at an event arranged by IOSH.

The event, called Embracing Risk in Education – a Fresh Approach, has been organised jointly by IOSH’s Education and Fire Risk Management groups. It will be held at Burnley FC’s Turf Moor stadium on Wednesday November 19.

It will benefit teachers, school bursars, health and safety professionals, managers and all of those in the occupational health and safety professions.

They will hear about the best measures of managing asbestos in schools where it is present. These measures include having regular surveys and encapsulating or sealing the asbestos.

It comes in the same month that IOSH launched its No Time To Lose campaign, which is aiming to raise awareness of occupational cancers and cut deaths from them.

Fiona Riley, vice-chair of the IOSH Education group, said: “So many school buildings have asbestos within them and whilst the school may be aware of the requirement to undertake an asbestos survey, they may not have ongoing arrangements in place to manage the presence of asbestos.

“Children should be able to experience a wide range of activities during their time at school and proportionate health and safety measures should help, rather than hinder.”

Contact Tim Walsh, IOSH Media Manager

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