RAAC Safety Assessment Reveals Low Risk at NHS 24 Sites

In response to nationwide concerns about the safety of structures constructed using Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC), NHS 24 has undertaken a comprehensive survey to evaluate the potential risks associated with this material.

RAAC is now acknowledged to have lower structural integrity compared to other concrete variants and was gradually phased out in the 1990s. However before then, the material was widely used in building components such as roof and floor planks typically between 1960 and 1980.

Surveys are currently underway nationally to assess and mitigate any potential risks associated with RAAC in NHS buildings. As such, desktop “likelihood assessments” coordinated by NHS Scotland Assure have been used to determine whether RAAC is present at any of NHS 24’s sites. Assessment criteria included the year of building construction, construction type, the presence of concrete-like materials, and whether the building had flat or low-pitched roofs.

The result of these assessments revealed:

  • RAAC has not been identified at any of NHS 24’s sites
  • The survey recorded no instances of either medium or high-risk scores
  • No other new safety concerns have been identified

NHS 24 are reassured at these conclusions from the survey, and continue to work closely with NHS Scotland Assure, health boards and landlords to ensure the ongoing safety and wellbeing of its employees at NHS 24 sites.

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