Who’s at risk from asbestos in schools?
ACMs are at their highest risk in schools when disturbed or damaged. The most likely chance of this is through maintenance, repairs, or construction activities.
In Schools, it’s usually the caretakers & facilities teams which are at particular risk. But, any external contractors working on the school will also be at risk. Disturbing asbestos during such work can allow fibres to be released. Therefore, creating a serious risk for others in the school.
Asbestos in good condition and unlikely to become damaged or disturbed is not a significant risk to health. This is assuming proper management is in place.
This means that teachers and pupils are unlikely to be at risk during their normal activities. However, everyone should be aware NOT to undertake activities that damage ACMs. This includes tasks such as pinning or tacking work to insulation board or ceiling tiles.