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Health and Safety Executive Inspectors to assess management of asbestos in schools

Published
25.07.2022

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will be carrying out a programme of inspections to primary and secondary schools from September 2022 onwards. The inspections will be assessing how schools are managing the risks from asbestos and meeting the ‘duty to manage’ (DTM) requirements under Control of Asbestos Regulations. 

 

Who will be carrying out inspections?

The visits will be carried out by HSE inspectors, who will contact the school before visiting to arrange a suitable date and time for the inspection.  They will need to speak to someone with knowledge of how asbestos is managed by the school and may also ask to see certain documentation in advance of the visit e.g. your asbestos register and management plan.

Inspectors have the power to enter, ask you or school staff questions, ask to see records or other documents and take photographs.  You are advised to assist them as best that you can.

 

What can schools do to prepare for these inspections?

In advance of the inspections, schools may wish to review their current arrangements and check that they are meeting their duties by doing the following:

  • Check your property records for an asbestos survey report to find out if there are asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) in your school premises, and if so, the amount, where it is and what condition it is in.
  • Create an asbestos register using the information from the survey reports. This is just a record of the ACM, its location, condition and potential for exposure.
  • Check that you have completed your asbestos management plan, which sets out in detail how the risks from ACM will be managed. Schools that buy back GCC Property Care can use their asbestos management plan template and other schools write their own.  The plan should include:
    • Who is responsible for managing asbestos. 
      • The asbestos register.
      • Plans for any work on ACM.
      • The schedule for monitoring the condition of ACM.
      • Providing information on the location and condition of the materials to anyone who is liable to work on, or disturb them.
  • It you haven’t done it already, it would be a good time to check the ACM in your building. This should be done at least once a year to make sure the ACM has not deteriorated and is in a safe condition so no one will be exposed.

 

Where can I get further advice?

If you buy back Property Care, talk to your Property Delivery Officer or contact the Building Helpdesk

Email: building.helpdesk@gloucestershire.gov.uk

Tel: 01452 328383

 

If you are not a Property Care customer, follow the below links for more information and resources about managing asbestos in school:

 

If you then need further advice contact the SHE Inbox she@gloucestershire.gov.uk.

 

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