The HSE issued a bulletin on 14th July alerting those running, governing or working in the school education sector to the programme of inspections that the HSE will be carrying out in primary and secondary schools from September 22 onwards, to assess how schools are managing the risks from asbestos in the school estate and meeting the "duty to manage" requirements under Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos regulations 2012.
The HSE inspectors will contact schools to arrange suitable dates and times for inspections and will need to speak to someone "with knowledge of how asbestos is managed by the school". They may also ask to see certain documentation in advance of the visit e.g. your asbestos register and asbestos management plan.
The HSE has advised schools "to review their current arrangements and check that they are meeting their duties under CAR".
As a social enterprise UKNAR have been working closely with local authorities, dioceses and schools over the last two years helping them to understand their legal asbestos obligations and the steps they can take to improve asbestos management across their estates. We have hosted a number of live presentations covering various asbestos management topics.
We would now like to give you the opportunity to download recordings of two of our previous presentations: Understanding the DfE Guide to Managing Asbestos in Schools and Colleges and Understanding & Creating Asbestos Management Plans - A Guide for Multi-Academy Trusts, Schools and Colleges.
You may find these useful as preparation for any potential HSE visits.
Download our Presentations
DfE guidance recommends 5 steps that need to be taken to meet the core requirements for the day-to-day management of asbestos in schools and colleges. Our webinar recording explains the 5 steps in detail, what's actually required to ensure compliance with CAR 2012 and how you can better protect your staff, pupils and visiting contractors by reducing the risk of accidental asbestos disturbances and exposures.
Understanding & Creating Asbestos Management Plans - A Guide for Multi-Academy Trusts, Schools & Colleges
Our webinar recording provides guidance for schools and colleges on their legal obligation to create and maintain an effective Asbestos Management Plan. This includes why a plan is needed, where to start, who the dutyholder is, what the plan should contain, how it should be communicated, training requirements and monitoring responsibilities.
As a social enterprise our aim is to help protect lives by changing and improving the awareness and culture around asbestos management.
Please share our presentations with any of your colleagues that may be interested.