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Scottish health board fined after asbestos failings

28th June 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

A Scottish health board has been fined after asbestos failings were found, leading to several employees being exposed to deadly fibres.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard that the Greater Glasgow Health Board had failed to properly manage the risks of asbestos in a basement plant room of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

In February 2009, the presence of asbestos was noted in a number of locations within the plant room.

HSE inspector Eve Macready said: “The dangers posed by the presence of asbestos are clear. There is no known ‘safe limit’ and it is often many years after exposure before asbestos-related diseases appear – so it is important that exposure to asbestos fibres is kept to an absolute minimum.”

Ms Macready noted that Glasgow Health Board failed in its duty to manage the risks of asbestos in its premises, resulting in the health of workers and external contractors being put in danger.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801605566-ADNFCR


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