English health facility failed to conduct asbestos surveyThe National Health Service (NHS) in an English town has been given an improvement notice for not conducting an asbestos survey.
NHS Wiltshire failed to undertake the required asbestos survey before a renovation at the Eldene Health Centre in Swindon and was given the warning by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), according to the Wiltshire Times.
New guidelines published by the HSE in January made the survey, conducted by NHS Wiltshire at the facility in November, insufficient; a new, more detailed inspection should have occurred under the new rules.
Fortunately, it appears no one was exposed to any asbestos.
"Action has already been undertaken to comply with the new rules and we see no problems in delivering the report to the HSE. No patients or public were put at risk and no asbestos was found in the building," NHS Wiltshire said in a statement.
It is vital that health facilities stay in compliance with the latest asbestos guidelines, as exposure to the deadly mineral can cause serious health problems, such as malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis. These illnesses could do a great deal of harm to patients already weakened by other ailments.
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