Founded in 2010, Joint Union Asbestos Committee (JUAC) protects education workers by raising awareness of asbestos in schools and promoting improved management of asbestos in education sector buildings. The JUAC members are representatives from ASCL, ATL, NASUWT, NAHT, NUT, Voice, UNISON, Unite the Union, and GMB.
2017 General Election – JUAC Priorities for asbestos management
JUAC believes that the snap General Election presents an opportunity for all political parties to make a clear commitment to making all schools safe from the dangers of asbestos. In light of this, JUAC has prepared a list of key priorities that it is asking all parties to include in their manifesto.
The overarching commitment from the next Government should be to initiate a phased programme of all asbestos in schools, starting with the most dangerous first, by no later than 2028. But further steps also need to be taken in the interim to improve asbestos management. JUAC is also asking Prospective Parliamentary Candidates to make individual pledges that, if elected, they will work towards making our schools safe from the dangers of asbestos.
Please share the pledges and manifesto priorities with Parliamentary Candidates in your constituency and at hustings. If any Parliamentary Candidates commit to supporting a phased removal of all asbestos in schools, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
JUAC is hosting an Asbestos in Schools conference on Tuesday 4th July 2017 at Hillscourt Conference Centre in Rednal, Birmingham.
There will be a number of informative speakers at the conference including Rachel Reeves MP, Chair of the Asbestos in Schools Group, asbestos surveyors, union officers and representatives from the DfE and HSE.
Please click on the flyer above for more information and details of how to book.
JUAC aims to make UK schools and colleges safe from the dangers of asbestos, both for staff and pupils.
You can find lots of information about the asbestos in schools campaign on this website, as well as various JUAC guidance documents and resources.
You can also follow and contact the Committee on Facebook and Twitter through the links below.
The Department for Education has now issued specific Asbestos Awareness Guidance for UK Schools and Colleges. JUAC supports the guidance and encourages all school staff to access the guidance at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/asbestos-management-in-schools–2
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