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IMPORTANT: HSE SCHOOL INSPECTIONS OF ASBESTOS MANAGEMENT PROCESSES:

The HSE will be undertaking a programme of inspections from September 2022 of all primary and secondary schools in England, Wales and Scotland to assess how schools are managing the risk from asbestos.

Please ensure that you read the document provided on the CHSU H&S extranet page HSE Inspections School Notification in readiness for the inspection.

INCIDENT ALERT – VELUX WINDOWS:

On the 1st. December, 2021 at one of Somerset’s VA schools, a Velux window shattered. Luckily it happened 2 minutes after the group of 4 year olds had moved from under it.

Investigation has identified that in 2019 Velux recalled windows made between 1998-2003 with reference no 00UE and in pane widths 31, 48 and 61 centimetres.

Following discussions with the school’s surveyors about what information they hold; They established that they only know about Velux windows if they are identified in a condition survey as needing attention, so that may well be the case in your estate/school.

In addition, these windows will have been in for a minimum of 18 years, and none of the MATs/Academies were around then so it is unlikely you would have been informed about the recall.

More information and details of what to do if you have such windows can be sought here https://www.velux.co.uk/safety-warning-new?consent=preferences,statistics,marketing&ref-original=&consent=preferences,statistics,marketing&ref-original=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bing.com%2F