At the end of last year, the health and safety executive (HSE) advised that it was not appropriate for children or teachers to wear or handle a second world war gas mask unless it can be clearly demonstrated that the particular mask does not contain asbestos.
Since issuing this advice, HSE has analysed a number of vintage masks for the presence of asbestos. HSE has also had discussions with Imperial War Museums about their policy and control of artefacts containing asbestos.
The attached advice to schools has been issued by HSE in regard to the issues outlined above.
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