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TUC: Hi-rise workplaces must also be tested for safety

The TUC today (Tuesday) welcomed the announcement by the government that cladding on hospitals and schools will be tested for safety following the Grenfell Tower tragedy. However the TUC is concerned that no guidance has been given to other employers who may have staff working in high-rise buildings.

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Millions of people across the UK work in high-rise buildings, many of which could have cladding and insulation similar to that used in Grenfell Tower. Those workers need urgent reassurances about their safety, and if there is any risk to them, there must be immediate action.

“The government should give advice to employers on how to ensure that their buildings are safe. That includes information about what types of cladding and insulation material may be dangerous, how to get samples tested and what remedial action they should take if their cladding fails safety tests.

“The government needs to ensure that all high-rise buildings are made safe.”

Notes to Editors:

  • All TUC press releases can be found at tuc.org.uk/media
  • TUC Press Office on Twitter: @tucnews

 

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