Union in call for air tests after asbestos removed from two Aberdeen schools

A teaching union has demanded air tests be carried out after asbestos is removed from two Aberdeen schools.

Aberdeen City Council has put out a £400,000 contract to refurbish Fernielea and Muirfield schools’ roofs, which contain asbestos.

The contract notice, which companies can now bid on, says some of the roof coverings contain Chrysotile asbestos – which has been banned in the UK since 1999.

Although the authority assured parents the work is “low-risk” teaching union EIS has called for rigorous independent tests to be conducted before anyone returns to the classrooms.

A city council spokesman said: “The removal work within this project will be undertaken by a specialist contractor with an appropriate licence for asbestos removal, and the removal will be carried out in accordance with all necessary health and safety requirements, including ensuring that occupants of the building are fully excluded from the area where the work is taking place.”