A guide to asbestos, safety, compliance and sustainability in education
Recent safety discussions in education have rightly focused on protecting staff and students from COVID, but there are still other significant dangers on campus, which educational facilities are required to manage.
In the last year 22 teachers died from mesothelioma in the UK as a result of exposure to asbestos whilst at work.
Educational buildings constructed between 1950 and 1985 are a particular risk of this danger, due to the large amount of building materials containing asbestos used in their construction. Staff, students and visitors must be protected from this silent killer, therefore it is imperative that asbestos risk is managed safely and in line with legislative requirements.
The good news is that a carefully planned strategy and the correct procedures in place can not only keep people safe from the risk of asbestos exposure but also ensure overall asbestos compliance; giving the duty holders peace of mind that the risks are under control and managed in accordance with CAR2012 .
When looking at asbestos risk a main factor to take into consideration is the environmental impact of the works undertaken in the steps to compliance, it becomes extremely important to also focus attention on Sustainability and ways to contribute to a greener environment as clients and suppliers alike work towards their Sustainability goals.
Join our expert panel, as we discuss the risks, solutions and how careful, sustainable facilities planning can improve overall wellbeing for students and staff at all levels in education.
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