700 English schools reported over asbestos safety concerns

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Concerns that Health and Safety Executive will struggle to carry out inspections needed

Nearly 700 schools have been referred to the national health and safety body over concerns they are failing to safely manage asbestos in their buildings, potentially putting thousands of staff and pupils at risk, it has been revealed.

It is thought that around 90% of school buildings in England contain asbestos, often around pipes and boilers, and in wall and ceiling tiles. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) advises that it is only a risk if it is disturbed or damaged, releasing fibres into the air.

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