A Scottish health board has been fined £6000 for asbestos maintenance safety failings that led to several Health Trust workers and contractors being potentially exposed to deadly asbestos fibres.
The Court found that Greater Glasgow Health Board, known as Greater Glasgow & Clyde NHS, had failed to properly manage the risks of asbestos in a basement plant room of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children.
A survey had identified the presence of asbestos containing materials (ACMs) in various locations within the plant room and noted that they were in good condition and presented a low risk. The survey recommended the asbestos material should be labelled and its condition monitored so any future deterioration could be managed.
A further survey of the plant room was carried out two years later prior to the installation of a new MRI scanner at the hospital. This found that some of the asbestos material was in a poor condition and now posed a high risk, and it was recommended to remove and to undertake environmental cleaning of the area.
An investigation by the HSE found that the health board had taken no action since the first survey to monitor the asbestos material within the plant room. No labelling of the asbestos-containing materials had taken place and nothing had been done over the following two years to maintain the materials in good condition.
Health board employees and outside contractors had regularly accessed the plant room and could have potentially been exposed to the harmful asbestos fibres when carrying out maintenance work. the health board was fined £6,000 for safety failings.