East Dunbartonshire Council has confirmed that gas safety certificates are in place, in line with statutory requirements, for all of its 42 schools.
All school buildings are required to have up-to-date gas safety certificates and these are held on site in a “Property 6 pack”, a resource for retaining information about the fabric of the building used by Facilities Management staff and contractors. The certificates, which are updated annually, are also held electronically by the Estates service but not typically made available to the public.
Joint Council Leader Andrew Polson said, “East Dunbartonshire is home to some of the best schools in the country and the health and safety of our pupils and staff is paramount. We take enormous pride in providing a safe and nurturing environment for our young people and our workforce.
“We have previously stated that all gas certificates across our school estate are in place and up-to-date with boilers having been fully inspected by qualified engineers. Regrettably, misinformation on this issue persists with unfounded allegations that certificates are not in place, leading to unnecessary distress.”
Joint Council Leader Vaughan Moody added, “Should any member of school based staff be concerned they should approach the head teacher who would be able to provide reassurance and where necessary, the employee can view the appropriate documentation held on site in the Property 6 pack.
“We hope that parents and staff can be re-assured by this, particularly following such a challenging year when there have been so many genuine sources of worry for parents and carers due to the Covid-19 pandemic.”
“We always welcome and encourage those with any concerns with any aspect of our estate to raise it with us via the appropriate channels.”
A programme of boiler replacement is ongoing across the school estate to replace those that are nearing the end of their economic life. Carbon Monoxide detectors are installed throughout our school estate and a project to install automatic shut off systems to our boilers in the event of a CO or natural gas escape is also ongoing.