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DfE Review of Asbestos Policies for Schools

DfE have informed us they now intend publishing the report of their asbestos policy review in September, subject to Ministerial approval. The initial plan was to publish at the end of June.
Also subject to clearance they hope to share the contents with the DfE

Asbestos Steering Group.
In answer to a PQ, the Minister stated that the report would be published “in the Autumn.” http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmhansrd/cm140901/text/140901w0007.htm#140901w0007.htm_wqn13
Former pupil exposed to asbestos awarded damages
A woman with terminal cancer caused by exposure to asbestos when she was a pupil today called for the deadly substance to be removed from all school buildings.
Mother-of-two Sarah Bowman, 46, spoke out after winning a substantial payout from Brent council….
Ms Bowman was a pupil at William Gladstone High School in Brent between 1979 and 1984, when the ceilings of the classrooms and corridors contained asbestos. She told how pupils would push up ceiling tiles, and how workmen carrying out electrical maintenance would send asbestos dust falling onto the floor and pupil’s clothes…. http://www.standard.co.uk/news/health/remove-asbestos-from-all-schools-pleads-cancer-payout-mother-9720303.html

Sunday Express Carole Hagedorn
Carole had campaigned tirelessly for ­victims of asbestos exposure. Her dying wish was for Vince to continue her fight. She hoped her death might bring pressure on the Government to act. Some 75 per cent of school buildings contain asbestos, putting children and staff at risk…. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/505275/Pioneering-treatment-gives-dying-wife-five-more-years

NASUWT Rise of deaths in schools. Schools are not low risk
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
“This Coalition has A hazardous and corrosive record of trivialising and deregulating health, safety and welfare provisions, putting at risk working people and pupils in our schools.
“The consequence is that recent figures show a rise in deaths at work. Schools can now be set up in disused office blocks and factories. Increased freedoms for schools have led to lack of compliance with basic health and safety provisions. Too many schools remain riddled with asbestos.

Dave Kitchen, NASUWT National Executive Member…said:
“The Coalition’s decision to categorise schools as low-risk workplaces, despite the evidence of the daily risks teachers and pupils face, is appalling

Start of school delayed
Parents ‘kept in the dark’ over toxic asbestos discovery at Harrow school…. Belmont School, in Hibbert Road, Harrow Weald, was expecting to welcome its incoming reception class on September 15, however parents were informed yesterday that the start to their school lives must be delayed due to ‘unforeseen challenges’, which getwestlondon has learned was the discovery of unsafe asbestos, not mentioned in the letter.

Hazards Request: Letter about Commercialisation of HSE
From: Hazards Campaign [mailto:info@hazardscampaign.org.uk]
Sent: 08 September 2014 16:43

Dear all
Tell the incoming HSE chief executive, Dr Richard Judge, ‘our health and safety is not for sale!’
Below is a ‘Don’t pimp our watchdog!’ letter we would like you sign and send to Dr Richard Judge. The incoming Health and Safety Executive (HSE) chief executive, a member of the Institute of Directors, is due to take up his post in November and was hand-picked to ‘commercialise’ our health and safety watchdog.
If you also think this is a terrible idea, all you have to do is type your name and organisation at the bottom, and send the letter (with this explanatory note removed) to chair@hse.gsi.gov.uk

Best wishes. Hilda Palmer, The Hazards Campaign
See our campaign materials at: http://www.hazards.org/safetypimp :

For the attention of
Dr Richard Judge
Incoming HSE chief executive
Health and Safety Executive
Redgrave Court
Merton Road
Bootle
L20 7HS

Dear Richard

I would like to welcome you to your new job.
I know when you take up the reins in November, you’ve been tasked with ‘commercialising’ the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
But I think the government’s workplace safety regulator should be using its legal powers, people and skills to protect us at work, not flogging its services to all comers to fill a government-imposed funding gap.
Please don’t pimp our watchdog. HSE should be saving lives, not selling out.
I would like to help you improve HSE’s lifesaving work, so feel free to get in touch.

____________

Best wishes
Michael

Michael Lees,
Hardsworthy House,
Hardsworthy,
Bradworthy,
Holsworthy,
Devon EX22 7SD

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