School Asbestos Data Collection

Please see below the letter received from the Education Funding Agency (EFA) to the Local Authority which has been asked to forward to all schools and the extension to the deadline for schools to respond.

The effective management of asbestos is crucial as exposure to asbestos can have consequences to the health of children, employees and visitors to the school. The EFA are seeking your support in completing a survey which has a small number of straightforward questions about asbestos management.

 

Asbestos Data Collection 

We wrote to you at the end of January to tell you about the national asbestos data collection and seek your support in encouraging responses from your headteachers. 

The closing date was 29th February 2016.

We have decided to extend the deadline for completing the form to 31 March 2016, and again seek your co-operation in encouraging those of your schools who have not yet responded to complete the form.   Please could you forward this message to your schools and encourage them to complete and return the online form if they have not already done so? 

The survey consists of a small number of straightforward questions about asbestos management for all headteachers to answer.   Once headteachers have completed the survey they will receive immediate feedback and advice based on their responses.  The survey is an excellent opportunity for schools to evaluate their approach to asbestos management, and a good return from schools will help you to understand the current picture and will give an up to date indication of how your schools manage asbestos.  It will also help us to develop future policy and support arrangements in this important area.

The deadline will not be extended beyond the end of March.  In April, we will write to you again and provide you with a full list of all responses from your schools.  You will be able to use this information to follow up those schools whose responses give cause for concern, taking account of the guidance available in Managing asbestos in schools.  These schools will also be asked to complete the online form again later this year.

I hope you will be able to support this important exercise and forward this message to your schools.  The effective management of asbestos is crucial as exposure to asbestos can have consequences to the health of children, employees and visitors to the school. 

 

Yours sincerely

Mike Green

Director of Capital

Education Funding Agency


Action

Published: 22/03/2016
Audience: Head Teachers
Contact: Darren Starkey

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