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Tynwald permission sought for funds to remove asbestos 9 May 2008

THE Department of Education is seeking Tynwald funding for phase one of a scheme to remove or encapsulate asbestos found within its properties.

Under Phase 1A, removal or encapsulation of asbestos at 17 properties will occur. The work will be undertaken by a specialist removal contractor and includes removal of asbestos soffit boarding, plant room linings and environmental cleaning of service ducts. A follow-on, reinstatement contractor will then replace the materials removed, where necessary, to complete the works.

Phase 1B, the removal of asbestos within the ceiling void in Ballakermeen High School’s pool hall building, will be undertaken by a separate specialist contractor, who will also undertake the agreed reinstatement works.

The Department is asking the May sitting of Tynwald for £736,496 to carry out the work, which will begin this month and will be completed by March 2009.

Estates Director Richard Collister explained:

‘The Department has progressively been removing asbestos materials from our buildings since the mid 1980s. In 2005, the Department commissioned a specialist contractor to carry out asbestos surveys at all our sites, which identified the last known remaining areas containing asbestos.
‘On the back of this, a business case was prepared and approved by Treasury, resulting in the inclusion of a phased programme of removal or encapsulation, of these asbestos based materials. This proposed scheme represents the first and largest phase of these works.’

Mr Collister added:

‘The Department has a duty to proactively manage these materials to ensure the safety of staff employed at the sites, students and employees who carry out the maintenance work to the plant and fabric of each building. This planned programme will provide us with a safer working environment across our estate.’

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