Asbestos management

28 February 2017

The Education Funding Agency (EFA) has published new guidance aimed at schools, local authorities and trusts in understanding their obligations and duties in relation to asbestos management in schools. The guidance was first published in March 2015 and has been updated with more information, including new supplementary guidance on where asbestos may be located in schools.

The following key changes have been made:

  • Addition of further information on how duty holders can assess risks associated with the presence of asbestos in their schools to prioritise management actions.

  • Provision of further information for duty holders on the consequences of not complying with The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, reminding them that, as duty holders, it is their responsibility to manage asbestos in their respective schools.

  • Inclusion of new supplementary guidance, to help duty holders understand where asbestos may commonly be found in schools, so that they can work with qualified professionals to make an assessment of the risk of damaging or disturbing the asbestos.