In late July 2006, after asbestos contractors had carried out asbestos removal work at a school, the on-site laboratory failed to obtain levels of asbestos fibre in air below 'clearance levels' when, as part of deliberate disturbance, the metal casing around the steel support columns were struck a number of times with the fist or other similar disturbance took place (sitting on and flexing the windowsills). The measured fibre concentrations inside the enclosure suggested a significant release of airborne fibres could take place from some columns. This information was reported to HSE in mid-September and an assessment of the cause, the extent of the release and the effectiveness of remediation were undertaken by HSE with substantial support and co-operation from some local education authorities and HSL. Initial advice was released to schools by HSE before the half-term holiday and a working group was set up by HSE to further assess the problem and to produce further advice from the issues arising.
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