Asbestos in Schools
This is the 1st part of our series of Informative articles about Asbestos in Schools.

Introduction to Asbestos in Schools
Your Legal Responsibilities
Planned Demolition, Refurbishment or Maintenance Work
The 3 Types of Asbestos Surveys
Planning Asbestos Removal
Identifying the Correct Scope of Work

Introduction to Asbestos in Schools

Asbestos in Schools
Asbestos was an integral building material used in the construction of many schools, colleges and universities throughout the 1900s’. The post-war housing boom included the construction of over 1 million homes divided into new towns and extended cities.

Infrastructure was an integral part of any new urban development and this element included schools, colleges and universities. There were many new designs for schools that were easy and quick to construct, the most common type was called CLASP (Consortium of Local Authorities Special Programme). The CLASP system was made from prefabricated steel frames, the look of the buildings are typically square with flat roofs and external cladding.

Asbestos insulation board was extensively used for heat insulation, fire and soundproofing. Today there are many CLASP built system schools still in use that pose that significant risk to exposure from asbestos containing materials, in fact it is estimated that over 75% of schools have some buildings in which asbestos containing materials are present.

Asbestos in Schools

In February 2017 the Education & Skills Funding Agency produced a guidance note titled “Managing Asbestos in Your School”. This guidance has been produced to help readers understand their obligations and duties in relation to asbestos management in schools, it places specific responsibility on the property duty holder and compliance with The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.

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