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Does Your School Have Asbestos? Understanding Your Responsibilities

In the heart of every community lies its educational institutions, where young minds are nurtured and futures shaped. However, beneath the buzz of learning and growth, there may lie a hidden danger in our school buildings: asbestos.
Once hailed as a miracle material for its many valuable properties, asbestos has since been unmasked as a fatal health hazard. Its microscopic fibres can become airborne and pose severe risks to human health when disturbed, which can be deadly, including respiratory issues and cancer. Asbestos was not banned in the United Kingdom until 1999, resulting in many School Buildings, academies and Colleges still containing asbestos materials.

If your school was built before 1999, there may be asbestos in your school.

Recognising the Risk

While the use of asbestos was widespread in construction materials before its dangers were fully known, the ageing infrastructure of many educational buildings means that asbestos in schools may still be present and pose a risk of being disturbed.
The danger lies not only in its presence but also in the lack of awareness. Headteachers, Duty Holders, Maintenance staff and Trades-workers must recognise the importance of asbestos awareness and the correct management of asbestos in schools. Ignorance can lead to exposure, putting the health and safety of students, staff & visitors at risk.

What Proactive Steps Can I Take?

The first step in managing asbestos is identifying it. An efficient way to do this is to have an asbestos survey carried out in your school. This will allow you to identify any asbestos that is present.
There may already be an existing school asbestos survey report, which will include any asbestos present in the building, its location, and its condition.
Once you have identified asbestos, you need to manage it and notify anyone likely to disturb it during work activities, such as contractors, maintenance workers, or cleaners. Schools are also required to create and keep an up-to-date asbestos register, which can be made available for any contractors undertaking work on the building to view before their work commences.
Asbestos management options include:

  • Leaving in place & monitoring.
  • Removal using a licensed contractor.
  • Encapsulating or sealing damaged asbestos.

As a Duty Holder, you are legally responsible for managing any asbestos in your property. Regardless of whether you have instructed a staff member as a responsible person or external contractor or company as a Duty Holder of a building, the liability will lie on the person named the Duty Holder on the building contract.
What proactive measures can be taken to ensure our schools are safe environments for learning and development? Firstly, awareness is paramount. Headteachers and maintenance staff should understand asbestos safety, what materials may contain asbestos, and the potential risks associated with them.

In addition, school Duty Holders / Responsible Persons & Headteachers should complete Duty To Manage Asbestos Training.
If you would like to learn about the Duty To Manage Asbestos and your legal responsibilities, our online Duty To Manage Asbestos Courses is available for you to undertake at any time.

In this eLearning course, candidates will learn about legislation, asbestos surveys, risk assessments and asbestos registers.

It will also give candidates an understanding of asbestos management options, asbestos removal and the requirements of Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.

Our training will give Duty Holders & responsible persons the undertaking and competency in managing asbestos in their premises and to make sure they are compliant with current legislation.

Empowering Solutions with NATAS

In the pursuit of safer schools, education emerges as our most powerful ally – this is where we come in. At NATAS, we’re proud to offer a comprehensive array of training and certification programs tailored for individuals and organisations alike, including our duty to manage asbestos online course, P405 Asbestos Management course, and more.
Through a blend of online courses and in-person training, NATAS empowers participants with the knowledge and expertise necessary to navigate the complexities of asbestos management with confidence. From understanding asbestos management options and rationale to conducting asbestos risk assessments and implementing correct measures to keep asbestos exposure to a minimum and keeping children, staff and contractors safe when visiting our Schools.

With NATAS as a trusted ally, schools can be competent they are fully compliant with the HSE and make sure personnel are not only well-informed but also adept at managing asbestos concerns swiftly and effectively.

Your Role in Protecting Our Schools

Taking the first step towards safer schools starts with training with our asbestos awareness course online. Get in touch to join us in our mission to cultivate a future where every child thrives in a healthy, asbestos-free environment.
Explore all our Online Health & Safety Courses today. Or, if you prefer in-person teaching, check out our Classroom Health & Safety Courses.

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