Achieving compliance in schools, colleges and universities
Feb. 5 2019
Despite continued campaigns and strict health and safety legislation, many schools, colleges and universities are still not doing enough to ensure safety in relation to electrical installations and asbestos.
Last month, with less than a month to go until the new reporting deadline, almost a quarter of schools had failed to inform the government how much asbestos they have in their buildings and how they are managing the risks. Many more remain unaware of their obligations surrounding the routine inspection of fixed electrical testing.
But with the risk of huge fines for non-compliance, not to mention to risk to pupils, staff, visitors and premises, it is vital that education establishments take the appropriate measures, in the most efficient way.
Bureau Veritas is one of few partners in the UK that can offer support with both fixed electrical testing and asbestos management and reporting. With vast experience within the education sector we understand the importance of minimising disruption for students, which is why we work in partnership with clients to undertake work in holiday periods, like the upcoming Easter break.
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Non-compliance with health and safety regulations is not an option, particularly in schools, colleges and universities where asbestos is not uncommon due to the age and structure of many buildings.
A few facts to consider:
Under the Health & Safety at Work Act (1974) and Electricity at Work Regulations (1989), duty holders have a responsibility to ensure that fixed electrical installations are safe. Schools are required to carry out routine checks on fixed electrical installations every six months (12 months for commercial organisations) and formal fixed electrical testing every 5 years. If there is a swimming pool on site, formal Inspection and testing must be done every 12 months
In addition, under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, if you own, occupy, manage or have a responsibility for property, you have a legal duty to assess and manage the risk from Asbestos Containing Material (ACM). All schools must also inform the government how much asbestos they have in their buildings and how they are managing the risks by 15 February 2019 – with the deadline already having been extended on numerous occasions because of low response rates.
Understandably it can seem like a minefield, which is why many organisations continue to put their trust in Bureau Veritas.
Bureau Veritas offers a comprehensive range of services to help meet your statutory obligations and achieve compliance in schools, colleges and universities.
The Easter holidays are fast approaching – an ideal opportunity to book inspections – so why not contact our experienced team today to discuss your requirements?
Call us on 0345 600 1828 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.