Officials from the University of Winchester have been trying to reassure worried students that they are not at risk from asbestos, after students expressed concerns over asbestos being present in halls that are soon due to be knocked down.

An official from the university said that all health and safety regulations were being adhered to in order to ensure the safety of the students. He said: “Sheet asbestos poses no risk unless it is damaged or disturbed. All health and safety requirements were fully met.”

However, a student stated: “What actually happened was around about this sort of time last year I had a friend who was living there at the time and we went to the housing office about some other issue. He asked somebody there if there was asbestos in there and she basically said no’.” She added: “There’s been guys down there with the white boiler suits on. I’m just annoyed that we asked and they said no’, but the answer appears to be yes’.”

An official from the University went on to state: “The survey revealed no exposed asbestos and confirmed that the buildings were safe to occupy. It was suspected that sheet asbestos could be present in the enclosed service cores, which were not accessible to the residences. Sheet asbestos poses no risk unless it is damaged or disturbed. All health and safety requirements were fully met.”

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