Asbestos in schools: data collection
In March 2015, the Department for Education concluded a review of its policy on the management of asbestos in schools. The outcomes from the review included the issuing of updated guidance,
Managing Asbestos in your school, and a call for a clearer picture of how asbestos is managed in schools across England.
As a result we are asking all head teachers to answer a small number of straightforward questions on behalf of their school. Head Teachers will receive immediate feedback and advice based on their responses. The online questionnaire can be found on the
A good return from schools will increase our understanding of the current situation and will help to determine whether further action from us is required. The survey opened on 28 January, and we ask for your assistance in disseminating this information.
We would be grateful if you could emphasise the importance of the exercise, and encourage head teachers to return the online form by 29 February 2016.
We will share the responses from your schools with you once the survey is complete. We hope to be able to do this in April this year.
on how to complete the questionaire cna be found on the DFE website
Managing Asbestos in Your School
Your school buildings may contain asbestos if any part of them was built before 2000. It is extremely important that any asbestos present in your school is managed properly. If you do not follow the steps set out in this advice, you may put the future health
of your staff and pupils at risk. You could also face prosecution, by failing to comply with the
Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.
You should take the following steps to manage the asbestos in your school:
1. Have a ‘management survey’ of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) in your school
2. Assess the risks associated with ACMs in your school
3. Devise a plan for managing asbestos in your school
4. Make sure staff and visitors know the risks and precautions they need to take
5. Keep the management of asbestos in your school under review
If you need to undertake any refurbishment work in a building that contains asbestos you may need to commission a ‘refurbishment and demolition survey’ which will give you a more detailed understanding of the asbestos present in the building. 4
If there is an incident of asbestos exposure at your school you should take the necessary steps to ensure that everyone is safe and, unless the incident is very minor, you will need to report it to the Health and Safety Executive.
Further and guidance will be provided shortly by Education Client Services in partnership with the Asbestos Unit