WWI helmets and gas masks 'dangerous', schools told

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WWI helmets and gas masks 'dangerous', schools told

#1  Postby DougC » May 13, 2014 9:18 pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-27391955
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Schools should not let children touch or try on wartime helmets and gas masks as they may contain asbestos, says updated advice.
Instead they should be double-bagged and destroyed or made safe if they are not clearly shown to be asbestos free, says the Health and Safety Executive.
Teachers are increasingly using wartime artefacts in the run-up to the World War One centenary later this year.
Historians say destroying these relics would be "a disaster".
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) says it analysed a number of vintage helmets and gas masks at the request of the Department for Education (DfE).

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Re: WWI helmets and gas masks 'dangerous', schools told

#2  Postby Munchies » May 13, 2014 9:40 pm

Fairly sure that level of access to intact ACM's isn't going to be dangerous
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#3  Postby mrjonno » May 14, 2014 9:47 pm

In our safety adverse and legal action society no one is going to take a chance.
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#4  Postby Varangian » May 15, 2014 7:07 am

Yes, handling a historic artefact for a couple of minutes will kill you. It is far more likely that the kids will endanger their health in schools serving junk food lunches, and/or being situated next to heavily trafficked roads.
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#5  Postby laklak » May 15, 2014 1:38 pm

I wish somebody would fucking stop thinking about the children.
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#6  Postby Deremensis » May 16, 2014 12:35 am

I'm not understanding the recommendation to destroy the artifacts.

If you're worried about safety, just keep them out of the children's reach, crimeney.
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#7  Postby DougC » May 16, 2014 12:38 am

Same here. Sounds a little OTT.
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