Schools: Asbestos

House of Lords written question – answered on 28th February 2013.

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Photo of Lord Wigley Lord Wigley Plaid Cymru

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will issue a warning to all schools about the potential for asbestos fibre release from warm air cabinet heaters in schools.

Photo of Lord Nash Lord Nash The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

I am aware of the situation at Cwmcarn High School in Caerphilly, Wales where there were concerns about asbestos exposure and whether warm air cabinet heaters in the school were spreading fibres.

The national publicity of this case will have helped to highlight the need for all schools to make sure they are treating the management of asbestos very seriously. The investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the situation at Cwmcarn is still under way and it is appropriate to wait until they have concluded their investigation and reported before deciding what action, if any, DfE should take.

The DfE published guidance on the management of asbestos in schools in October 2012, and we will review this guidance if necessary once the outcome of the current HSE investigation is known.

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