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Local Schools Closed Due to Asbestos

Close to home we have read that two schools in Shefford have been closed due to Asbestos contamination. Nearby demolition work has caused issues regarding the safety of the environment. There were unconfirmed risks concerning the safety of the site, this is due to the boiler room being partly demolished.  Pupils were sent home as a safety measure. What it doesn't say is if a pre-demolition survey was carried out. . . . . If you are a building custodian, a client or a landlord Ai Solutions...
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Schools and Asbestos - Unsure what to do next?

In the news it has been revealed that almost half of schools in one particular northern city contain asbestos. Presumably the city council in question has an Asbestos Management Plan and easily accessible Asbestos Register in place and so was able to provide the details for this FOI request very easily. A little bit of background... Asbestos was used extensively in the UK in the 1950's until the mid 1980's for a variety of puposes, but prodominately for fireproofing and insulation. Any building...
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Asbestos In Schools

Professer Julian Peto (DSc FMedSci, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) recently submitted evidence to The Commons Select Committee - Education (25th March 2013) as part of the discussion regarding the mesothelioma risk (caused by asbestos) that still remains in many schools. The evidence is based on men and women (including some teachers) who have had some asbestos exposure. See Asbestos in Schools evidence submitted by Prof Julian Peto for more details.
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Asbestos Risk Greater For Children

The BBC ran a story recently regarding asbestos in schools and how the evidence, provided by a special committee, showed that our Asbestos risk to children is 'greater over lifetime'. The committee stated that a five-year-old is five times more likely than an adult of 30 to develop mesothelioma, a type of cancer linked to asbestos, if they are exposed to it at the same time. This is because a child will normally live longer and have more time for the disease to develop, it says. Most schools have...
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Asbestos - Children at greater risk

A scientific advisory committee to the Government has concluded that children are more vulnerable to asbestos exposure than adults. The Committee on Carcinogenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (CoC) was asked for advice on the relative vulnerability of children to asbestos to inform discussions of the Department for Education's Asbestos in Schools Steering Group. There are 24,372 schools in England and it is estimated that more than 75 per cent of these schools have...
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Asbestos in Schools - Manage the Risk

The GMB union, who represent school support staff, welcomed the call for evidence by the House of Commons Education Select Committee on the issues around asbestos in Schools. Robin Nower, Director of Derisk UK - Asbestos Risk Management, discusses the issues surrounding the management of asbestos in schools in the UK. In this day and age and with the higher media profile of how bad asbestos can be, we need to be managing the risk more effectively. At Ai Solutions we can help you manage that risk...
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£200m London School Improvement Up For Grabs

The London Borough of Hillingdon is looking for contractors to build and improve several schools in the borough. up to 15 schools. There will be a 'framework' of firms to complete the works over four years. Firms have until 7 January to register their interest at using access code 29HB5FM3PD or contact Mark Holmes on 0189 555 8396. For more on this article visit
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School Asbestos 'National Scandal'

Some of you may have read in the Telegraph and other news sources, that a report published by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Occupational Safety and Health, looked into official figures showing more than 75% of state schools are exposing children, teachers and other staff to the carcinogenic material. It comes after more than 140 teachers died from the rare asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma in the past 10 years, with research in the US suggesting over 100 people will die every year in the...
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£700m Super Framework

Several East London Boroughs plan to run a £700m super framework for housing, schools and general building works the Construction Enquirer reports. The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham is leading the way and has entered talks with Redbridge, Havering, Newham and Tower Hamlets. All councils hope to find extra savings by pooling their work into a single framework. Procurement chiefs at Barking and Dagenham have got the process started by inviting bids for its forecast £79m annual...
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