For decades successive Governments’ have had a policy of asbestos management in schools rather than removal, for they claim that so long as the asbestos is not disturbed then it is safer to manage it rather than remove it.  Regrettably that policy has failed

Mike Lees – www.asbestosexposureschools


Managing Asbestos in Schools – Frequently Asked Question – HSE

In a recent report, February 2017, published by the Education Funding Agency entitled Asbestos Management in Schools: Data Collection – using data collated directly from schools in England – a number of recommendations were identified as being of critical importance:


“It is critically important that all duty holders ensure that the schools within their responsibility which have or may have asbestos contained in any of their buildings have:

• a senior member of staff or member of the governing body designated as responsible for the management of asbestos;
• an asbestos management plan which is updated annually, or when there is reason to suspect circumstances have changed;
• an asbestos management survey and asbestos register
• processes and procedures in place detailing the control measures to prevent disturbance of any known asbestos-containing materials noting that some asbestos might be hidden in the fabric of the building

Scottish government response to the danger of asbestos in our schools ( September 2015)

Duty to manage asbestos


The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 includes the ‘duty to manage asbestos’ in non-domestic premises. The responsibility falls to the duty holder. In many cases, this is the person or organisation that has clear responsibility for the maintenance or repair of non-domestic premises.

Guidance on the duty to manage asbestos can be found in the Managing and working with asbestos. Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. Approved Code of Practice and guidance L143 HSE Books 2013 ISBN 978 0717 666 188 and on the duty to manage area of the HSE website

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Last updated: 27 April 2017.