The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published the results of its latest asbestos in schools inspection initiative, which took place in 2013/14.
Of the 153 non-local authority schools inspected between April 2013 and January 2014, 71 per cent required either no further action or were given straightforward, simple advice. However, 29 per cent received written advice from HSE, and 13 per cent (20 schools) were subject to enforcement action, in the form of improvement notices.
The improvement notices set out a requirement for recipient schools to improve arrangements for managing asbestos.
Enforcement action was taken over failures such as training staff and producing written management plans.
However this was not because staff or pupils were considered at significant risk of exposure, but because these are vital elements of the required control measures.
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