Department of Education and Science and Building Unit have recently issued a circular (PBU 0085/2006) which clarifies the circular issued in 2005 on Safety in Metalwork / Engineering and Technology Workshops. The 2005 circular set out the procedure for claiming grant aid for upgrading technology rooms and for the provision of Personal Protection Equipment (P.P.E). Grants of up to €70,000 for metalwork / engineering room and €15,000 per technology room along with €1,500 per room for P.P.E. were made available. The second instalment of these grants is due to be paid in 2006. Enquiries should be directed to Joan Lowbridge 057 932 4451 or Tracey Tobin 057 93 25338 of the Department of Education and Science in Tullamore.