School asbestos audit urged

UNISON has called on the Labour party to commit itself to carrying out a full audit of asbestos in schools if it forms the next government.

We will be lobbying to make sure that the health and safety of workers is on the agenda of all the major parties for the election campaign,” sats the union’s head of health andsafety Tracey Harding.

The call for a chools audit came at a seminar on asbestos organised by by the all party parliamentary group on occupational safety and health.

Assistant national health and safety officer Robert Baughan also called for the Health and Safety Executive to get the resources ot need to restart proactive inspections of schools, hospitals, nursing homes and other public services building.

Labour shadow minister said the party would consider all these suggestions as it finalises its policy on health and safety.

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