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Asbestos in Schools

Department For Education asbestos policy for schools compared to their own offices


The Minister states that if a school has not carried out their statutory requirements then they will be directed to the Department’s web-site. They will find the guidance is somewhat sparse, but will also note a different policy for asbestos removal in schools from that practiced in the Department for Education Offices:

POLICY ON SCHOOLS ILLUSTRATED BY THIS ANSWER

Is it safer to remove asbestos from school buildings? (Popular question. Publication Date: 07 June 2010)

The HSE’s expert advice is that it is safer to leave undisturbed or undamaged asbestos in place, and carefully manage it, and to remove asbestos where it is likely to be damaged or disturbed. If the Control of Asbestos regulations are followed and asbestos surveys and periodic re-surveys are made to ascertain the state of the asbestos, less exposure is likely than that if whole scale removal was executed.

CONTRASTING POLICY ON DEPARTMENTAL BUILDINGS ILLUSTRATED BY THIS FREEDOM OF INFORMATION DISCLOSURE

The financial breakdown in removing asbestos from departmental buildings (Freedom of Information disclosure. Date requested: 24 August 2011. Publication Date: 13 September 2011. Updated: 02 November 2011)

Request: Can the Department provide an annual financial breakdown from 2000 to 2010 in dealing with asbestos abatement (white, brown and blue asbestos) within its various estates around England?

Release

The costs below were incurred when removing insulation board and internal fire linings which contained a percentage of amosite (brown) and chrysotile (white) asbestos. The work was required to facilitate the refurbishment of the physical office environment at the Department's office in Darlington. None of the other three properties in Runcorn, Sheffield and London incurred any costs associated with the removal of asbestos between 2000 and 2010. Based on statutory surveys undertaken during this period, and other information held on site, we believe these properties to be free of asbestos-containing material.

  • £24,721 (ex vat) was spent on asbestos abatement
  • £76,880 (ex vat) was spent on asbestos abatement