Some maintenance staff at the Christie hospital in Manchester, were unknowingly exposed to airborne asbestos at levels above safety standards, according to an independent report.

The Manchester hospital has admitted “historically

[it] may not have met the required health and safety standards”, however they have stressed that there was no evidence that patients, visitors and non-maintenance staff were put at risk.

The independent review by a consultancy firm, commissioned by the hospital, found that:

  • The Christie had failed to comply with Control of Asbestos Regulations
  • Asbestos registers – to monitor the material in hospital buildings – were inaccurate, out of date and rarely used
  • Historically, there had been sub-standard asbestos removal works
  • Procedures to manage asbestos risks were insufficient
  • Some maintenance staff were unknowingly exposed to airborne asbestos fibre levels above control limits

A spokesman from the Christie said there was “no reason to believe that anyone has been harmed by our historic management of asbestos in non-patient areas such as plant rooms and other maintenance areas”.

The hospital has been working with independent advisers over the past 18 months to improve health and safety standards, he said, adding the Health and Safety Executive had “accepted the Trust has made good progress”.

Source: BBC