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Assurances sought over Labour’s plans for disinfection machines in schools

Welsh Conservatives have sought assurances from Labour ministers in Cardiff Bay over their plans to introduce ozone disinfecting machines into schools across Wales.

The Welsh Government announced it is to spend nearly £6 million on 1,800 chemical-spraying devices and 30,000 CO2 sensors as students prepare to return to school.

Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Education, Laura Anne Jones MS, said:

“Anything that can be done to keep students in classrooms and minimise disruption is welcome, but using ozone disinfecting machines in schools raises some serious concerns.

“Spraying a toxic chemical in classrooms is a controversial move, and we need assurances from the Welsh Government that this is a safe thing to do.

“I understand that nobody will be in the room when these machines are operating, but as ozone can damage the lungs if inhaled, we need confirmation of what robust measures are going to be put in place to stop someone coming into contact with it.”

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