Asbestos management in schools

Guidance for school leaders, governors, local authorities and academy trusts.



This advice is for:

  • school leaders
  • school staff
  • governing bodies
  • responsible bodies (as duty holders)

It applies to:

  • local-authority-maintained schools
  • academies and free schools
  • responsible bodies (including diocese)

It is about how to identify, assess risks and manage asbestos in schools and replaces historic guidance written by the Department for Education. This historic guidance is archived on this page for reference.

You can also review how your school is performing on asbestos management by using the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) checklist available on the HSE website.

Published 25 March 2015
Last updated 23 February 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated guidance.

  2. First published.