Asbestos Heater Danger In Schools

1 May 2013

GMB Warn Parents And Teachers Of Asbestos In Heaters In Schools. Everyone with children at school and those who work in our schools must get their heaters checked by an authorised, qualified asbestos surveyor. GMB is calling on Head Teachers and School Governors to whether their school contain warm air heaters that contain asbestos.


GMB believes that closure of Cwmcarn school in Wales last year after reports of asbestos in the convection heaters and ceiling voids is the tip of the iceberg and indicative of the problem common in schools. The local authority and the school governors of Cwncarn school are to spend around £750,000 on remedial action to make the school asbestos free and re-open it in September 2013 including the heaters containing asbestos.


John McClean, GMB National Heal & Safety Officer said, “GMB is warning everyone with children at school and those who work in our schools to get their heaters checked by an authorised, qualified asbestos surveyor. The information regarding the heaters should be in the school’s own Asbestos Management Plan. If there is no reference to these heaters in the plan then the school governors must get all the heaters examined by a qualified asbestos surveyor. Each local council usually has approved local contractors for this work. If the school doesn’t have an Asbestos Management Plan then the Head Teacher, Chair of Governors or the Local Authority must get busy and put on one in place as a matter of urgency.”