School inspections reveal unsafe conditions

24th June 2009, Comments 1 comment

Metal, wood, and auto workshops are particularly unsafe, according to report.

The Hague – Pupils and teachers are not using machines and chemicals safely in ninety percent of vocational secondary schools, the Dutch labour inspectorate reported on Wednesday.

Inspections revealed that metal, wood, and auto workshops are particularly unsafe. Protective safety guards are often not used on electric saws and drills, and dangerous chemicals are not stored safely.

The Labour Inspectorate said that, on average, 15 accidents occur every year with victims receiving burns, losing fingers or even arms.

Inspections also revealed that vocational schools are largely ignorant of the risk of wood dust explosions. Wood dust surrounded by oxygen, as is the case with airborne particles, can form a highly combustible material.

Education officials said they are working to make instruction areas safer, but a similar inspection three years ago reported similar results.

Ton de Groot, chairman of an association of vocational schools specializing in metal works, said that most of the problems from three years ago have been solved but there are now new problems that need to be dealt with.

According to de Groot, a funding shortage caused the dangerous situations in these schools.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

1 Comment To This Article

  • John Astad posted:

    on 24th June 2009, 16:51:45 - Reply

    Great article providing a situational proactive awareness to global stakeholders. Just as in the Netherlands, combustible dust hazards exist in schools here in the USA that have vocational training in their metal, wood, and auto workshops .Several combustible dust related fires at schools last year here in the USA also