Bureau Veritas supports education sector in ensuring safety and achieving compliance
May. 28 2019
All education institutions have a duty to keep students, employees and visitors safe. With continued government campaigns and strict health and safety legislation in place, electrical compliance and asbestos management and reporting should be a key area of focus for the education sector.
Earlier this year, almost a quarter of schools in the UK failed to inform the government of how much asbestos they have present in their buildings and how they are managing the risk. This lack of reporting suggests that many in the industry are unaware of their obligations in regards to asbestos management. In addition to this, failure to meet duty holder requirements in relation to Fixed Electrical Testing can result in large fines, which unfortunately leaves education establishments vulnerable.
Research shows that over 80% of schools across the UK have reported asbestos presentin their buildings. This means that over seven million children are at risk of exposure. Statistics also show that between 2006 and 2016, over £10 million was paid in compensation to former pupils and members of employees exposed to asbestos in schools in England and Wales.
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.
Similarly, by neglecting fixed electrical testing not only are you at risk of hefty fines, your students, employees and visitors face risk to their safety. It is vital that education establishments take the appropriate measures, in the most efficient way.
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 five years. If there is a swimming pool on site, formal Inspection and testing must be done every 12 months.
As a multiple service provider, Bureau Veritas is one of the few partners in the UK that can 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 summer holidays.
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Compliance can feel like a minefield, which is why many organisations continue to put their trust in Bureau Veritas. Our expert team of professionals can support you to meet your statutory obligations and achieve compliance in schools, colleges and universities.
The summer holidays are fast approaching – the perfect opportunity to book inspections. Contact a member of our team today by calling 0345 600 1828 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.