Asbestos on site of local schools

Five local schools have asbestos on site.
Five local schools have asbestos on site.

Belmont, Tranby, Kewdale and Curtin primary schools and Kent Street Senior High School appear on the list, which surfaced after Willetton Senior High School was closed last week due to an asbestos risk.

Tranby principal Mark Burns said all people conducting repairs viewed the asbestos register before starting works on the site. ‘We know where the asbestos is and it is being managed appropriately,’ Mr Burns said.

‘When a large structure was removed in 2009 ” one that had a large amount of asbestos material ” the removal took place on the weekend, without staff or students present.’

Education Minister Peter Collier said experts had advised that undisturbed asbestos posed an extremely low risk to health, and when it was in areas unlikely to be disturbed, there was no urgent need to remove it.

‘The State Government has an ongoing program of asbestos removal in schools where it presents a possible risk, and last financial year we spent about $2 million on associated repairs and maintenance,’ he said.

‘Of nearly 800 schools, there were only 14 schools where inspectors found one or two spots in the school where the risk rating was 1, meaning the asbestos is probably weathered and has a higher chance of being disturbed and exposed.’