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Asbestos Awareness In Schools: Risks and responsibilities

The course is aimed at duty holders and those with management responsibility such as headteachers and governors. It is also relevant to anyone within the school who may come into contact with asbestos during the course of their work and who has a responsibility and duty of care for those working within the school or attending the school. This could include caretakers, maintenance staff and premise managers. In Academies, free schools and voluntary aided and foundation schools, the school governors are often responsible for managing asbestos. For independent schools the person responsible varies and may be governors, proprietors, or trustees.

Others who may wish to consider attending:

  • Those responsible for arranging work placements.
  • Those in FE settings who are preparing pupils to enter any of the trades that are at risk.

Heading

It is a legal requirement under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 that anyone who might come into contact with Asbestos during the course of their work, and those who supervise them, have to undergo awareness training. This includes staff and maintenance people who may become exposed to asbestos while carrying out their normal everyday work, for example; entering boiler rooms where asbestos is present, or changing light fittings in asbestos-tiled ceilings, This is likely to include maintenance staff and caretakers and is also relevant to some building managers, bursars, headteachers and governors. Delegates will gain a greater understanding of asbestos, the dangers associated with it, and the legal requirements that relate to them. Delegates will be given a certificate supplied by a member of the Independent Asbestos Training Providers (IATP), as recommended by the HSE.

Course Overview

Sadly asbestos in schools has recently hit the headlines following the death of a teacher who died from Mesothelioma. The inquest into her death heard that the only place that she could have been exposed to asbestos fibres was at school. National Union of Teachers representative Pete Sopowski said: ‘There’s a huge problem in schools. It’s a case of which schools don’t have it rather than which do.’ (Daily mail: Mail Online published 13:22, 28 November 2013)

Fines relating to the management of asbestos in schools have also recently featured within news articles after an academy in Birmingham was fined for failure to properly manage refurbishment works, potentially endangering school workers.

It is a legal requirement under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 that anyone who might come into contact with Asbestos during the course of their work, and those who supervise them, have to undergo awareness training. This includes staff and maintenance people who may become exposed to asbestos while carrying out their normal everyday work, for example; entering boiler rooms where asbestos is present, or changing light fittings in asbestos-tiled ceilings, This is likely to include maintenance staff and caretakers and is also relevant to some building managers, bursars, headteachers and governors.

Delegates will gain a greater understanding of asbestos, the dangers associated with it, and the legal requirements that relate to them. Delegates will be given a certificate supplied by a member of the Independent Asbestos Training Providers (IATP), as recommended by the HSE.

A Few Facts:

  • Up to 20 people each week die from Asbestos related diseases from all sectors of industry, this figure includes teachers.
  • It is believed that over 75 per cent of Britain’s state schools contain asbestos, a large proportion of which is badly maintained, potentially exposing children and staff to asbestos fibres.
  • Figures indicate that more than 140 school teachers have died from mesothelioma in the past ten years. An unknown number of caretakers, administrative staff and cleaners have also died.
  • There is no accurate data regarding the number of children who have died as a result of exposure to asbestos while at school. In the United Sates it was estimated that for every teacher’s death, nine children will die. If these figures are correct this would mean that over 100 people die every year in the UK as a result of exposure to asbestos when they were at school.
  • Asbestos was banned in the UK in 1999 and any building built up to and including that date may contain Asbestos.

Training Content

Below is an overview of the contents of this course:

  • Introduction to asbestos - nature and origin.
  • Types of asbestos.
  • Properties and benefits (use of asbestos).
  • Health hazards.
  • Possible locations of asbestos in buildings.
  • Current legislation and guidance.
  • Legal limitations on work liable to disturb asbestos.
  • Working safely/dutyholders responsibilities.
  • Safe working in areas where asbestos is present.
  • Safe and correct use of RPE/PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).
  • Decontamination.
  • Emergency procedures/accidental damage/general procedures.
 

Course Objectives

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Gain a greater understanding of the types of asbestos, and its properties.
  • Understand the hazard that asbestos poses to health
  • Explore the possible locations of asbestos within a school building.
  • Be aware of the current legislation and guidance regarding asbestos.
  • Know the legal limitations on work liable to disturb asbestos
  • Consider the duty holder’s responsibility within the context of working safely.
  • Look at the safe and correct use of RPE/PPE(Personal Protective Equipment) decontamination and emergency procedures in relation to accidental damage.
 

Detailed course outline and session time table

Session 1

 
  • Introduction to asbestos - nature and origin.
  • Working safely/dutyholders responsibilities.
  • Types of asbestos.
  • Properties and benefits (use of asbestos).
 

Session 2

  • Health hazards.
  • Possible locations of asbestos in buildings.
  • Current legislation and guidance.
  • Legal limitations on work liable to disturb asbestos.
  • Safe working in areas where asbestos is present.
  • Safe and correct use of RPE/PPE (personal protective equipment).
  • Decontamination.
  • Emergency procedures/accidental damage/general procedures
 

Tutor information and feedback

Tutor:

Bob is a Health, Safety and Environmental Protection Professional registered with the OSHCR and registered Professional Engineer with long managerial, practical and instructional experience. Bob provides fully accredited Health & Safety consultancy and training courses by either OFQUAL, IOSH, IATP and FPA.

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