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Asbestos reports for Blaengwawr Comprehensive School

Looking at the asbestos report for demolition of the Blaengwawr Comprehensive School there remain asbestos dust on top of celling tiles as well as asbestos within the school.

Should the school have been closed years ago to remove all asbestos? That’s a question only time will tell asbestosis is a rare long-term lung condition. It usually develops around 20-30 years after a person has breathed in a considerable amount of asbestos dust.


According to the Asbestos in Schools Group (AiS), the Department for Education’s best estimate is that more than 75% of all UK schools contain some form of asbestos. There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos, so if fibres become airborne, staff, pupils and visitors are at risk.

Statistics released by AiS show that mesothelioma has caused the deaths of, on average, 16 teachers in the UK each year over the last decade, a figure which is set to increase year on year. In addition, school cleaners, cooks, teaching assistants, school caretakers and secretaries have also died from asbestos-related cancer.



The asbestos report shows asbestos dust on top of celling tiles at the school

I am reliably informed that celling tiles were knocked out by students at the school and were left out for weeks leaving staff cleaner’s students exposed to asbestos dust were you one of them?

Andrew Morgan Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has not responded to an email regarding the school, I have asked Christine Chapman AM to respond as to why the leader failed to respond to date she has also not responded.

Is there a cover-up over the amount of asbestos dust that was in the school?

Were teachers or cleaners provided with asbestos awareness courses? 

System Buildings

• Are you aware of the types of system building where asbestoscontaining materials may be present within metal-encased columns and related areas?

• Do you know how many of these buildings you have and where they are (including traditional buildings of the time with the ‘system-type’ columns and cladding)?

• Have you visually inspected the buildings and identified where there are gaps in the column casing?

• Where windows have been replaced have you checked for any cuts that may have been made into adjacent column casings?

• Have you taken action to seal all gaps in the column casing, including as above and where items such as fire extinguishers have been fixed?

• Is further action still needed and, if so, when will it be completed?

• Have you replaced all broken or missing ceiling tiles in these buildings?

• Have you informed* all relevant staff where asbestos is likely to be present including potential contamination of ceiling voids, and have you provided them with instructions not to disturb such materials, lift ceiling tiles or access voids without appropriate protective measures?

• Have you recorded all action taken? • Do you have arrangements for ongoing inspection, maintenance and repair of the seals and ceiling tiles as necessary?

• Have you advised school and other relevant staff of action to take if they find or suspect damage to column seals or ceiling tiles?

• Do you have arrangements in place to ensure an effective response to rectify any damage notified?

• How do you ensure that all persons, including visiting workers, who might disturb asbestos-containing materials e.g. wiring contractors, caretakers, etc are advised* of its presence?