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Animals: Disease Control

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if he will list the improvement notices issued by the Health and Safety Executive to the Institute for Animal Health concerning (a) Compton and (b) Pirbright in each of the last five years; and what the subject was of each such notice; (155782)

(2) on how many occasions the Health and Safety Executive found the statutory requirements of the Institute for Animal Health at its (a) Compton and (b) Pirbright sites to have been breached in each of the last five years.

I have been asked to reply

In the last five years in relation to the IAH Compton site HSE Inspectors have issued the following improvement notices:

2003: for failure to control the risk to health from animal asthmagens;

2006: for failure to adequately control the exposure of employees and others to legionella bacteria;

2007: for lack of effective monitoring and review arrangements as part of an overall health and safety management system;

2007: for the use of an unauthorised biocidal product.

HSE Inspectors have issued no notices at the Pirbright site where HSE is not the lead regulator. However, HSE, in conjunction with DEFRA, suspended, from 24 September 2007, all activities that involve manipulation of genetically modified viruses that could pose a risk to the environment and which require class 3 and 4 approval as required under the Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) Regulations 2000.