Revised DfE guidance for schools

Revised DfE guidance for Schools. DfE have published their revised asbestos guidance for schools.

Comment: 

  • The revised guidance is aimed at school leaders, governors, local authorities and academy trusts.
  •  It is essential that guidance is also aimed at teachers and support staff. The guidance this replaces was, and we have asked DfE to ensure the secondary guidance is.
  • DfE responded “Please be assured that we do intend to make that more detailed information, with pictures and examples, available to schools by publishing a secondary reference document that will be clearly signposted and linked to in the attached document. This decision has been taken so that we can produce a brief, more approachable primary guidance document that can have the widest possible audience in schools but also includes links to where those who need more information can find it.”
  • DfE also stated that they would include a warning about warm air cabinet heaters in their revised guidance. It is not in this revised guidance and so we are seeking confirmation that it will be included in the secondary reference document.
  • As the assessment of risk is based on the ‘Risk Algorithm’, it is most disappointing that eight months later HSE have still not responded to our criticisms of the present algorithm being unsuitable for schools and our proposal for a review.
  • On page 9 there is a link to an example asbestos management plan. It is dreadful, it is not suitable for schools and will promote bad practice: