Advice on Asbestos in Schools

Many schools buildings are old, with some dating back to the 19th century, when the use of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) was prevalent. However, if products containing asbestos are disturbed, they can release harmful fibres that can be inhaled and cause significant health problems over a considerable amount of time.

It is vital that individuals and bodies responsible for safety in schools ensure that asbestos is properly managed and removed so students, teachers and other workers are kept safe while on the premises.

In Greater Manchester, more than half of schools admit to the presence of asbestos in buildings. While in Birmingham, it is believed that more than 80% of council-run schools could contain asbestos.

Nationally, at least 319 school teachers have died from mesothelioma - an incurable form of cancer that affects the pleura and is caused by exposure to asbestos - since 1980, with 205 of those occurring since 2001, according to the National Education Union.

The industrial disease team at JMW has created a guide to help understand how ACMs should be managed, how dangerous asbestos-related illnesses are and what action needs to be taken to make schools containing asbestos safe.

Click the arrows to read through our advice on asbestos management and removal in schools:

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