The Health and Safety Executive have urged Police Scotland to take immediate action following the discovery of asbestos in some buildings.
The organisation was served with an improvement notice after traces of asbestos were found in four building used by the force in Glasgow at the start of the year. This was later confirmed by Police Scotland. As reported by the BBC the issue of asbestos was discussed at a Scottish Police Authority and that the organisation was taking the appropriate action to resolve the issue and was working closely with the HSE, staff agencies, and unions.
In a statement regarding tackling asbestos in the some police buildings, a spokeswoman said: "Immediate action has been taken to address any site-specific issues, and the service is also working closely with staff associations and trade unions to take forward the necessary action."
John Gillies, director of People and Development with Police Scotland, added: "We take the health and safety of our staff very seriously, and are working with unions, staff associations, and the HSE to develop and deploy the appropriate action plans in relation to the management of asbestos.
"We are committed to providing a safe working environment for our officers, staff and members of the public and are fully co-operating with the HSE to ensure the appropriate action is taken to achieve this."
A spokeswoman for the HSE confirmed that its officers had found asbestos at four police buildings in February 2016. She said: "During inspections of Police Scotland premises, HSE found inadequate arrangements in relation to the management of asbestos and an Improvement Notice was served requiring remedial action to be taken.
Following the initial discovery, further inspection work by HSE officers and Police Scotland was carried out in an attempt to limit the potential damage.
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