Asbestos management in schools

Guidance for school leaders, governors, local authorities and academy trusts about managing asbestos in schools and colleges.

This guidance aims to help schools and colleges understand their duties in relation to asbestos management. It should be used alongside more detailed advice, such as the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) duty to manage asbestos guidance and asbestos management checklist for schools.

Duties around asbestos management remain unchanged and are set out in law by HSE in the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. This guidance provides:

  • further clarity on the role of dutyholders and employers
  • practical information about what dutyholders are required to do to manage asbestos effectively
  • an updated section on what to do if thing go wrong

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)
  1. Requirements for managing asbestos and who this guidance is for Overview of the requirements for the effective management of asbestos materials within schools and colleges and who this guidance applies to.
  2. Legislative framework Advice on your duties under health and safety legislation.
  3. Asbestos and when it becomes a risk Detailed information on what asbestos is and the risks from school and college buildings that contain asbestos if managed poorly.
  4. Responsibilities for managing asbestos Information on who is responsible for managing asbestos, under regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR).
  5. Day-to-day management of asbestos in schools or colleges Steps to take to meet the core requirements for day-to-day asbestos management in your school or college.
  6. Asbestos management during maintenance or building works Actions you must take where work is carried out on the premises that could potential disturb asbestos. This section includes useful case studies.
  7. What to do if things go wrong What you must do if something goes wrong and you find that there has been, or may have been, an unplanned disturbance of asbestos at the school or college.
  8. Funding for asbestos works Information on school capital funding, which can include removing or encapsulating asbestos.
  9. Related organisations Organisations that have contributed to the guidance and that may provide further useful information.