Stafford school closed following formaldehyde risk

A Staffordshire primary school has been closed after a strong odour in the school was found to be caused by high levels of formaldehyde. Flash Ley Community School in Stafford is the subject of an ongoing investigation looking at whether the formaldehyde is linked to remedial works carried out on corridor floors over the summer. The works included the use of an expanding foam product to fill ducts under the floors, Staffordshire county council has said.

The county council is working with Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive to investigate the problem. Formaldehyde can be found in building materials, internal furnishings and some household products.

Dr David Kirrage, local health protection director for Public Health England West Midlands West said: “We are continuing to work closely with the school, council, Health and Safety Executive and other agencies while further investigations take place. Public safety is paramount and we are satisfied that children and staff are not at risk of ongoing exposure.”

Simon Barker, head teacher at Flash Ley said: “Arrangements have been made to offer alternative school provision to all pupils.  This is to allow for more tests to be conducted within the school and to ensure all the issues have been addressed.”

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