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Manual on non-structural (falling hazards) mitigation for schools

Source(s):  Ministery of Home and Cultural Affairs, Department of Disaster Management, Bhutan
World Bank, the (WB)

This manual contains details about the most common non-structural hazards found on Bhutan's school premises, and has provided guidance on the mitigation of these hazards. School staff members can adopt most of the mitigation solutions mentioned in the manual using low-cost, readily available parts and tools.

Chapters 1 and 2 cover the earthquake hazards in Bhutan and their possible effects in schools across the country. Chapter 3 covers the common hazards found in various locations in schools, the possible risks they pose, and the suggested priorities for addressing these hazards. Chapter 4 explores mitigation solutions for common objects found in schools, and Chapter 5 elaborates on the precautions during mitigation actions. Chapter 6 provides guidance to school administrators for ensuring that the mitigation efforts towards safety done today remain sustainable for years to come. These will help Bhutan's schools take positive steps to reduce risks in future earthquakes.

The manual is intended for school administrators and teachers. Mitigation of structural elements such as foundation, columns, beams and walls, as well as attached elements such as stairways, parapets, chimneys, ducts and pipes, wall cladding, and suspended ceilings, among others, are therefore out of scope.



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  • Manual on non-structural (falling hazards) mitigation for schools
  • Publication date 2017
  • Number of pages 62 p.

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