With 2016 now upon us Handsam Ltd would like to help you consider how you are going to proactively improve health, safety and compliance at your school or academy this year. We’ve come up with three critical points to think about, each of which is a vital component of keeping your staff and students safe and healthy.

1) Not Having an Asbestos Management plan

Asbestos was used extensively as a building material in Great Britain for a variety of purposes including fireproofing and insulation. Thankfully the widespread use of the mineral was halted in the 1980s, although it was not finally banned until 1999. Unfortunately more than 75% of existing school buildings contain asbestos.

According to the HSE there are currently in excess of 2,000 lung cancer deaths each year in Great Britain that can be attributed to Continue reading

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In November 2015 an engineering firm was fined after asbestos was found at their factory and they failed to document or manage the risks to employees or visitors to the site.

‘Darlington Magistrates’ Court heard how the company was notified of the presence of asbestos materials during a survey carried out at the company’s factory premises in 2006. Work undertaken at the premises had the potential to disturb the hazardous asbestos materials, and until HSE’s intervention, the company had not documented or implemented an Asbestos Management Plan to adequately control the risk of exposure.

Speaking after the hearing the HSE said: “Asbestos kills around 5,000 workers each year, this is more than the number killed on UK roads. Asbestos can be present within any premises built or refurbished before the year 2000. This prosecution should serve as a warning to companies to properly manage the risks of asbestos exposure. Whenever asbestos containing materials are found to be present, companies have a legal duty to document and implement an Asbestos Management Plan which includes measures to adequately control the risk of exposure to asbestos fibres.”

To find out more about the dangers of asbestos, and the best way to manage it, visit: http://handsam.co.uk/asbestos-management. We also offer policies for the management of contractors & advice on the CDM regulations 2015. Please contact us for details at 03332 070737 or email info@handsam.co.uk.

Primary schools in Nottingham and Leicester are being invited to partake in an exciting heritage education initiative.

The initiative known as Education Syndicates is a kinaesthetic learning programme run by the National Centre for Citizenship and the Law (NCCL) part of the charity the Egalitarian Trust that also runs the Galleries of Justice Museum and City of Caves in Nottingham. This project will extend the work of the trust and engage more schools through unutilised collections in heritage sites across the East Midlands.

Education Syndicates has been running for over 5 years and a similar project was successfully delivered in 2014 funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and working with Oakham Castle, Leicester Castle and Northampton Sessions House.

To find out more visit: HSTA