Gas masks and asbestos - advice to schools

Publication Date: 21 March 2019

​​​The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has previously 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. This work has confirmed that no gas masks should be worn or handled by children or teachers.​

Resource information

Health Protection Scotland
Publication type:
Guideline and Guidance


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