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Smoke In Classroom In Bexhill

Thursday, September 5, 2013

GMB Warns That Smokey Classrooms In Bexhill High Academy Must Be Dealt With Without Further Delay

The problem has been there since the buildings opened back in October 2010 seemingly due to the low chimney stacks and should be dealt with by the school, Kier and local council says GMB.


GMB, the union for school support staff, is concerned that smoke re-entering the building at Bexhill High Academy have been going on since 2010 and that action must be taken to clear up the problem.

Rachel Verdin , GMB organiser, said “ The problem has been there since the buildings opened back in October 2010 seemingly due to the low chimney stacks.  While these were installed to reduce environmental impact to the neighbours, coincidentally they have done just the opposite for staff and students.

The low height has meant that smoke re-enters the building and has been smelt in various parts of the school whenever the boilers are running, the severity dependant quite literally on which was the wind blows!

GMB members are not prepared to put their own safety, or that of the students at risk any longer.  While the school, Kier (building contractors) and the local authority are aware of the problem the guidance for those working in and around the smokey environment is far from clear.

GMB have been notified of concerns about occupational asthma by members working in and around the environment.  On hearing this it seems only fair that all students and parents know of the issue and can help apply pressure to get this sorted.

This has been going on far too long and needs resolving now before the weather turns.  Guidance must be issued urgently to all users of the building, staff and students alike.  We are not apportioning blame but health and safety cannot be compromised regardless of the complexities of a chimney height!"
 

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Contact: Rachel Verdin ,GMB organiser on 07931 769 733.  GMB Press Office 07921 289 880

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