Asbestos in Schools

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published the results of its latest asbestos in schools inspection initiative, which took place in 2013/14.From 143 schools inspected, 29 per cent (44 schools) received written advice from HSE and 13 per cent (20 schools) were subject to enforcement action, in the form of improvement notices.

The improvement notices set out a requirement to improve arrangements for managing asbestos. Enforcement action was taken over failures such as training staff and producing written management plans.

All schools must ensure they have up to date records of asbestos containing materials in their school – this is to make sure that the school knows the location of any asbestos containing materials that could be damaged or disturbed by normal activities, by foreseeable maintenance, or when installing new equipment. HSE asbestos results 2013-2014