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Ian joined Informa (formerly UBM) in 2018 as the Editor of SHP. Ian studied journalism at university before spending seven years in online fantasy gaming. Prior to moving to Informa, Ian worked in business to business trade print media, in the automotive sector. He was Online Editor and then moved on to be the Editor of two publications aimed at independent automotive technicians and parts distributors.
September 6, 2018

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Asbestos in schools

Asbestos in schools: HSE Northern Ireland investigating gauze mats

The Health and Safety Executive (HSENI) has announced that working to establish whether pupils in Northern Ireland have been affected by asbestos in classrooms.

Last week, SHP reported that the HSE in England had has said it has been made aware that two UK laboratory supply companies have supplied schools and potentially other users with gauze mats containing asbestos.

The metal gauze mats are designed for use over Bunsen burners.

The risk of exposure is said to be ‘low’, but the NASUWT teaching union has written to the Department of Education (DE) calling for the names of the two suppliers to be made public.

It is thought that potentially thousands of pupils could have been exposed to low levels of asbestos.

Inhaling asbestos fibres can cause serious and fatal illnesses including lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis, and can take 20 to 30 years before symptoms are detected.

The HSE in England has released some Advice to users of Bunsen burner wire gauzes that may contain asbestos.

School asbestos exposure leads to £200k fine for council

What makes us susceptible to burnout?

In this episode  of the Safety & Health Podcast, ‘Burnout, stress and being human’, Heather Beach is joined by Stacy Thomson to discuss burnout, perfectionism and how to deal with burnout as an individual, as management and as an organisation.

We provide an insight on how to tackle burnout and why mental health is such a taboo subject, particularly in the workplace.


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