School fined for lack of asbestos awareness

An Essex school has been fined after poorly-planned and managed refurbishment and maintenance activities exposed school staff and others to asbestos.

School caretaking staff and contractors disturbed the fabric of school buildings over many years, without being alerted to the presence of Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM’s). The trust was fined £26,000 and ordered to pay costs of £20,000.

Asbestos Awareness training would have introduced attendees to the regulations that apply for anyone coming into contact with asbestos, where the risk of exposure to asbestos can exist, what the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 requires and the safe principles and practices that must be applied.

PETA offers training courses on Asbestos Awareness aimed at managers, supervisors, and staff, building maintenance, facilities managers and those responsible for contractors. 

Alternatively, please contact us to find out more about our Consultancy and Advisory Service, where a qualified and experienced Safety Advisor can work with you to develop robust risk assessments and controls to reduce the potential for harm.

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