Asbestos management – checklist for schools


Asbestos was used extensively as a building material in Great Britain from the 1950s through to the mid-1980s. It was used for a variety of purposes, typically fireproofing and insulation.

Any building built before 2000 can contain asbestos. When asbestos fibres are inhaled, they can cause serious diseases. To ensure that risks from asbestos in buildings are managed, the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 place duties on those responsible for the maintenance or repair of work premises.

Those responsible for maintenance and repair – dutyholders – are responsible for protecting others, who work or use the premises, from exposure to asbestos. In some schools, the responsibility for maintenance or repair is shared, for example between a local authority as employer and the school. In other schools, the responsibility may fall solely to a governing body as employer. All dutyholders must ensure that any asbestos containing materials (ACMs) are managed properly.

If your school contains ACMs, this checklist can help you. The checklist has been designed to assist the school management team to review asbestos management arrangements. It takes you through questions to help you check whether suitable precautions are in place and you can record any further action needed.




Further action

Is the school management team aware who has
the overall legal responsibility for the management
of maintenance and repair of the school buildings?
The responsibility for managing asbestos falls to whoever is
responsible for maintenance and repair of the premises - this
is the dutyholder. In some cases, these responsibilities may be
shared between dutyholders.



Has the dutyholder carried out a management
A management survey should identify what type of ACMs are
present and where they are.



Does the management survey highlight the
location of ACMs?
All areas of the school premises should be included:
storerooms; yards; outbuildings; underfloor services; pipes;
ceiling voids; corridors etc.



Has the dutyholder assessed the potential risk
from the ACMs?
The assessment should consider the condition of the ACMs,
whether they are likely to be disturbed and the action that is
necessary to manage the risks.
Does the dutyholder have a management plan
detailing how to manage the risks from any ACMs
at your school?
The plan should bring together all the available and relevant
information. It should set out what is going to be done, when
it is going to be done, and how it is going to be done – both
for any remedial work and for ongoing management action like
periodic checks. It should set out clear lines of responsibility.
The plan can be written or held as a computer-based record
and should be readily accessible. See
for further information.



Are precautions in place to ensure anyone who
may disturb ACMs is provided with information
about any asbestos present?
The precautions should ensure anyone in-house or who comes
to carry out any work on the premises does not start before
they are given the information about any asbestos present. The
information should be supplied well before any work starts so
that the correct precautions can be implemented.



Are any in-house staff, who may undertake
maintenance work, adequately trained?
Training needs to be appropriate for the work.
Awareness training – this is for staff whose work could
expose them to asbestos while carrying out their everyday
tasks. Awareness training is not suffcient for staff planning to
carry out any work on ACMs.
Training for work with asbestos that does not
require a licence from HSE
– this is for staff who plan to
carry out any work on ACMs where the likelihood of exposure
is much higher, eg installing cables in areas containing
undamaged asbestos materials.
Training for asbestos work that does require a
licence from HSE
– this includes most work on asbestos
insulation, asbestos insulating board and lagging, including
sealing and removal. Licensed contractors must carry out most
work with these higher risk ACMs.




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Action required

Action taken and when












Name (and position):



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