Finally there is light at the end of the tunnel, as phase one of the B Block refurbishment is almost complete, now that all the Asbestos has been removed from the building. Most rooms in B Block had some form of Asbestos, which has has taken just over 4 months to remove.
Sam Says Safety First!
Asbestos is not dangerous unless it is disturbed. In the workplace it is law that your employer has a Asbestos Register, which tells them where there may be Asbestos Containing Substances (ACM’s) and what type of Asbestos it is.
If you think you have accidentally disturbed Asbestos, immediately evacuate the area, then contact your Supervisor or Manager and ask them to check the Asbestos Register.
If it is asbestos you have accidentally disturbed, it may need to be “encapsulated” to make it safe, or it may require removal, by a company who specializes in asbestos removal.
The bottom line is: If you are not sure if there may be asbestos present, check the Asbestos Register, or speak to the Site Manager or who ever is in charge of your building.
The block can now be refurbished and the builders will be moving in on Wednesday, replacing all the electrics, plumbing, floors and ceilings. (Yup it needs mega gutting ans starting again) Hopefully by the end of the summer term, the work will be completed and we will be able to allow pupils into affected classrooms and use the link bridge between J and B Blocks.
In the summer hols, my army of helpers will be cleaning B Block and putting the rooms back together. (as well as Unit Deep Cleans) We do a deep clean on each unit within a day, which is remarkable. This includes steam cleaning all surfaces, including the carpets , removing rubbish, deep cleaning of lounges, offices, bathrooms, corridors, kitchens, changing of curtains (dirties go down to the laundry etc.)
Stay tuned for updates!