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Do you have a robust asbestos management plan for your school?

Is your Asbestos Management Assurance Policy in progress?

Did you know that Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 places a duty to manage asbestos on persons with responsibility for the maintenance of school premises?

Do you need an asbestos survey, re-inspection survey or a management plan? Allium can help and we’ll provide a platform to support your asbestos information on our cloud-based electronic portal system.

We can also offer advice and validate your current Asbestos Management Plan to ensure that your school is compliant.

We help you with your assurance declaration to the EFSA, too.

Call Allium’s head office on 01872 276375 or email enquiries@allium.uk.net to speak to a member of our team to discuss your asbestos requirements and how we can help you.

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Government issues new asbestos guidance for schools

Following a recent study highlighting the failure to safely manage asbestos in over 1000 English schools the Government has taken action and have issued new safety guidelines aimed at head teachers, school staff, duty-holders and governing bodies.

These are titled ‘Managing asbestos in your school’ and ‘Where asbestos may be located’.

The guidelines apply to local authority schools, free schools and academies.

Each of the reports offers advice on how to identify asbestos, how to assess the risks and how to manage it in schools.

The Guidance comprises 5 steps:

  • You must have a management survey of asbestos containing materials (ACMs) in your school which should be conducted by a United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) accredited surveying organisation and in accordance with HSE guidance.
  • Assess the risks associated with ACMs in your school. This must be done for
  • Devise an Asbestos Management Plan (AMP) to include details of arrangements to inform all staff about the location of ACMs and the schedule for monitoring the condition of ACMs.
  • Make sure staff, visitors and contractors know the risks and precautions they need to take, including the risks of pinning children’s work to walls.
  • Keep the management of asbestos in your school under review with updates of damage to asbestos and work undertaken to ACMs.

Download copies of the guidance here: Asbestos management in schools – GOV.UK

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Essex school fined after refurbishment disturbs asbestos

According to the HSE, an Essex school has been fined after poorly-planned and managed refurbishment and maintenance activities exposed school staff and others to asbestos.

Chelmsford Crown Court heard that managers at The Boswells School, Chelmsford, decided to convert an old boiler room at the school into a cleaning store. During the course of this work, asbestos residue on the walls was disturbed and caretakers swept contaminated debris from floors. Their exposure to risk only came to light after a later asbestos survey was completed in the area.

By seeking advice from Allium, our clients can be assured that they will remain compliant and on the correct side of the law.