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POLICE SCOTLAND MUST REMEDY ASBESTOS ISSUES

Remedial action required over presence of asbestos in buildings

It has been reported by the BBC that HSE has served Police Scotland with an Improvement Notice following inspections at four sites in Glasgow during 2016.

Police Scotland said it was taking the appropriate action to resolve the issue and was working closely with the HSE, staff organisations and unions.

The force confirmed that it had received an improvement notice in relation to the management of asbestos following an inspection of some local divisional offices.

A spokeswoman for the HSE confirmed that its officers had identified issues with asbestos at Police Scotland premises. She said:

“During inspections of Police Scotland premises, HSE found inadequate arrangements in relation to the management of asbestos and an Improvement Notice was served requiring remedial action to be taken. Further visits will be paid to assess compliance.”

Police Scotland must provide an appropriate response to the HSE by 11 April 2016.

Deploying appropriate action plans

A Police spokeswoman told the BBC that:

“Immediate action has been taken to address any site specific issues, and the service is also working closely with staff associations and trade unions to take forward the necessary action.”

John Gillies, director of People and Development with Police Scotland, added:

“We take the health and safety of our staff very seriously, and are working with unions, staff associations and the HSE to develop and deploy the appropriate action plans in relation to the management of asbestos.

We are committed to providing a safe working environment for our officers, staff and members of the public and are fully co-operating with the HSE to ensure the appropriate action is taken to achieve this.”

 

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