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Asbestos in schools – a national conference

Asbestos in schools – a national conference

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Sarah LyonsSarah Lyons has worked for the National Union of Teachers (NUT) for over 20 years, where her role includes responsibility for all aspects of the Union’s national work on health and safety. She is a member of the Joint Union Asbestos Committee (JUAC) and she works alongside all the other teaching and support staff unions to keep pupils and staff safe from the dangers of asbestos in schools by promoting safe management. You can follow the JUAC on Twitter via @theJUAC or simply visit www.juac.org.uk.

Asbestos in schools: revealing the hidden killer

Governors are warmly invited to attend the first ever national Joint Union Asbestos Committee Conference, which will be held at Rednal, near Birmingham, on Tuesday the 4th of July 2017.  The Joint Union Asbestos Committee (JUAC) is a non-party political campaign which aims to protect children and staff in schools by promoting awareness of the dangers of asbestos and the need for improved management.

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 define those who own, occupy, manage or have responsibility for premises which may contain asbestos as ‘duty holders’.  These Regulations place a specific duty on duty holders to identify and manage asbestos in those premises.  Although governing bodies are not involved in the day-to-day management of asbestos, they need to ensure that their school/academy has a robust asbestos management policy in place, in order to keep children and staff safe.  As at least 85 per cent of schools contain asbestos this is an issue affecting the vast majority of governors.

Please also read the previous guest article on Modern Governor from the JUAC: Asbestos in schools – what governors need to know.

Conference details

By attending the conference, governors will benefit from the knowledge and experience of an array of expert speakers, including Rachel Reeves MP, who chairs the Asbestos in Schools Group, and Mike Green, Director of Capital at the Education and Skills Funding Agency, and gain a better understanding of the hidden dangers that asbestos poses to pupils and school staff, and what needs to be done to keep them safe.  As well as hearing from asbestos in schools campaigners about the scale of the problem, a local authority and a large multi-academy trust will each explain how they manage asbestos across their schools.

How to register

The full day conference costs £40 per delegate – to book please email conferences.events@mail.nasuwt.org.uk or phone 0121 453 6150 and ask for Conferences and Events. Accommodation can be booked (at additional cost) with the Conference Centre by phoning 0121 457 6100.

For full details please view the conference flyer (PDF) on the JUAC website.


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