Doors containing deadly white asbestos in Chad Varah House will be removed, following a recent survey by an asbestos inspector.
A source tipped-off The Linc that asbestos had been discovered in Chad Varah House and that staff using the building are “going mad” about it. The building is used by the faculty of art and design.
It was also alleged that the university’s health and safety committee had originally been told that there was no asbestos in the building.
Asbestos is common in old buildings. The Control of Asbestos Regulations (2006) requires a building’s owner to carry out risk assessments on any area containing asbestos.
Victims of asbestosis, caused by breathing in asbestos fibres, often develop lung cancer, or cancer of the lining of the chest and lungs. Fibres can lay in your system for as long as forty years before becoming active.
In a statement, the university said: “Fire protective boarding containing white asbestos is on some of the doors at Chad Varah house. This is managed by the university in line with control of asbestos regulations 2006.
“A recent survey by a specialist asbestos inspector commissioned by the university recommended that, as a precaution, the university replace the doors. Work will be commencing in the near future and staff at Chad Varah will be kept informed with regards to arrangements for this.”