WW1 Awareness: Updated warning on gas masks and WW1 Steel helmets

Many schools may currently be focusing on WW1 awareness in history lessons. Please be aware we have received warnings, both via the TUC and one of our national officials, on the dangers of handling WW1 historic artifacts. In particular, there is an asbestos risk with WW1 gas masks.

Updated warning on gas masks and WW1 Steel helmets

No gas masks of any kind should be worn or handled unless clearly certified as safe to do so.

WW1 steel helmets can also contain chrysotile (white asbestos) in the inner padding. They should not be worn or handled unless clearly certified as safe to do so.

Please make sure your school members are aware of this guidance

Please sign up for our summer term Health, Safety and Welfare briefing

Health & Safety Briefing at NE regional centre: Thursday 10th July 0930-1200 (followed by lunch):

  • This regional briefing will look at issues relevant to the work of Health and Safety Representatives and other activists within the area.
  • A keynote speaker, on the dangers of Asbestos in Schools
  • Practical advice on how you can help to ensure your school remains a safe and healthy workplace.
  • Members should be entitled to time off to attend this training, which offers valuable CPD

This invitation is open to all our activists who have an interest in Health , Safety and Welfare in the workplace. It is a priority for us to raise awareness of health and safety issues amongst our members.

To sign up, either visit the training section of the main NASUWT Website or contact regional centre: .