In response to the recent health and safety concerns raised at St Ambrose and Buchanan High EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said:

"EIS members at St Ambrose and Buchanan High have raised significant and legitimate health and safety concerns, which the Institute has being pursuing on their behalf.

"In such a scenario, employers should act swiftly and positively by conducting tests to allay their fears and they should be open with the sharing of information and reports with health and safety representatives from trade unions.

"Unfortunately, in this instance, North Lanarkshire Council's response has been poor – in fact the EIS would go as far as saying that it has done far too little, far too late; for example the EIS had to resort to making Freedom of Information requests to gain access to health and safety information and reports which should have been readily provided under the provisions of the Safety Representatives and Safety Committee Regulations of 1977. This only served to generate suspicion and mistrust.

"The EIS is already actively pursuing legal remedy on behalf of some members and will be considering this aspect further at a meeting tomorrow, Wednesday.  We have also engaged the services of an external expert company which specialises on reports on occupational hygiene and monitoring.

"We are very clear that North Lanarkshire Council remains liable for ensuring the safety, health and wellbeing of both pupils and staff in their buildings and for taking whatever steps are necessary to provide reassurance such as access to health monitoring.

"The EIS is willing to engage in constructive dialogue with North Lanarkshire Council as to how this reassurance can be provided but we would underline that the safety of pupils and staff is a top priority."