Department for Education Releases Asbestos Management Assurance Process (AMAP) report

Department for Education Releases (AMAP) Report This July:

This July, the Department for Education, released the Asbestos Management Assurance Process (AMAP) report, a data collection from England schools detailing how asbestos is managed within their establishments.

Asbestos was a building material used in construction and fireproofing from the 1950s until the middle of the 1980s. Because of the dangerous nature of the material, it was finally banned in the UK from 1999, meaning that schools built from 2000 onwards should not contain it.

Exposure to airbourne asbestos fibres causes several cancers and diseases, including mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer and asbestosis. One the conditions have been diagnosed, the result is fatal, there is no recovery.

Asbestos can be found in ceiling or floor cavities, lagging, sprayed coatings, insulating boards and even things like floor tiles, fuses boxes, toilet cisterns and window sills.

In March 2018, the Department for Education (DfE) launched the Asbestos Management Assurance Process (AMAP) a voluntary data collection to examine how asbestos was monitored in England’s schools. All state-funded schools and academies were invited to take part – in total 22,072 schools. Of these, 19,522 (88.4 per cent) schools participated with 2,550 (11.6 per cent) not participating.

All schools should have an Asbestos Management Plan, which sets out the procedures for staff to follow in the event of an asbestos related incident. The plan should be ‘communicated clearly’ to all staff. Any asbestos incident should be notified to the HSE as a legal requirement under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR).

The DfE says the findings from the AMAP show that asbestos management in schools is ‘generally effective’ with ‘no systemic failures’ with asbestos management found.

It’s the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) that regulates the management of asbestos in non-domestic buildings in the UK. The HSE is responsible for enforcing the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and may do so through means including unannounced inspections, investigations of exposure incidents and raising awareness.

HSE advice concerning asbestos in schools buildings is that if it is in ‘good condition and is unlikely to be damaged or disturbed, it may be left in place provided its condition is checked regularly (or if inaccessible it is effectively sealed off from occupied space and the seals are maintained).

The HSE also goes on to say that it is ‘essential’ that arrangements are in place to avoid damage or disturbance, including that to contractors. When it comes to those working in schools advice is ‘staff must know what to do in the event of an incident.’

Worryingly, the national result of the AMAP found that some schools were ‘unsure’ if their buildings contained asbestos. In response to this, the DfE advised that any part of a school estate – including  renovations – constructed before the year 2000, ‘had to presume asbestos was present’.

Nationally, 89 per cent of academies participated, 89 per cent of Local Authority maintained schools participated, but this number dropped to just 68.9 per cent of non LA maintained special schools and free schools.

Participation rate by region was:

East Midlands and the Humber 92.9 per cent
East of England and North East London 88.5 per cent
Lancashire and West Yorkshire 82.2 per cent
North of England 93.5 per cent
North-West London and South-Central England 86.7 per cent
South-East England and South London 91.5 per cent
South-West England 89.9 per cent
West Midlands 85.5 per cent

Of all participating schools, 80.9 per cent had asbestos present on their site, a 1.3 per cent (251 schools) did not know and 17.9 per cent said they had no asbestos on their estate.

When it came to reading the guidance on Asbestos Management in Schools, 391 schools did not know who had read the guidance and 53 said no one at all had read it. A total of 159 schools said that they did not even know who was responsible for asbestos management in their school.

The DfE says in the report that ‘the safety of pupils, staff and visitors to schools is paramount’. They say they will continue to work with the HSE to communicate the importance of managing asbestos effectively.

The Bristol schools which took part and submitted data to the Asbestos Management Assurance Process (AMAP) portal by 27 July 2019 were:

Abbeywood Community School
Air Balloon Hill Primary School
Ashley Down Primary School
Ashton Gate Primary School
Ashton Park School
Avonmouth Church of England Primary School
Badocks Wood Primary School & Children’s Centre
Bannerman Road Community Academy
Barton Hill Academy
Begbrook Primary Academy
Bishop Road Primary School
Blaise Primary and Nursery School
Brentry Primary School
Briarwood School
Bridge Farm Primary School
Bridge Learning Campus
Bristol Brunel Academy
Bristol Cathedral Choir School
Bristol Free School
Bristol Futures Academy
Bristol Gateway School
Bristol Hospital Education Service
Bristol Metropolitan Academy
Broomhill Infant School & Children’s Centre
Broomhill Junior School
Brunel Field Primary School
Cabot Primary School
Cathedral Primary School
Cheddar Grove Primary SchoolChester Park Infant School
Chester Park Junior School
Christ Church Church of England Primary School
Christ Church Hanham CofE Primary School
Christ Church, Church of England Infant School, Downend
Christ Church, Church of England Junior School, Downend
Claremont School
Colston’s Girls’ School
Colston’s Primary School – Now Cotham Gardens
Cotham School
Easton Church of England Academy
Elmfield School for Deaf Children
Elmlea Junior School
Fair Furlong Primary School
Fairfield High School
Fairlawn Primary School
Filton Avenue Nursery School
Filton Avenue Primary School
Fishponds Church of England Academy
Fonthill Primary School
Four Acres Academy
Frome Vale Academy
Glenfrome Primary
Greenfield E-Act Primary Academy
Hannah More Primary School
Hareclive E-ACT Academy
Hartcliffe Nursery School and Children’s Centre
Headley Park Primary School
Henbury Court Primary Academy
Henleaze Infant School
Henleaze Junior School
Hillcrest Primary School
Holy Cross RC Primary School
Holymead Primary School
Horfield Church of England Primary School
Hotwells Primary School
Ilminster Avenue E-ACT Academy
Ilminster Avenue Specialist Nursery School
Kingsweston School
Knowle Dge Academy
Knowle Park Primary School
Knowle West Early Years Centre
Little Hayes and Hillfields Early Years & Family Centre
Little Mead Primary Academy
May Park Primary School
Merchants’ Academy
Millpond Primary School
Minerva Primary Academy
Nova Primary School
Oasis Academy Bank Leaze
Oasis Academy Brightstowe
Oasis Academy Brislington
Oasis Academy Connaught
Oasis Academy John Williams
Oasis Academy Long Cross
Oasis Academy Marksbury Road
Oasis Academy New Oak
Orchard School Bristol
Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Primary School, Bristol
Parson Street Primary School
Patchway Community School
Pathways Learning Centre
Perry Court E-Act Academy
Redcliffe Childrens Centre and Maintained Nursery School
Redfield Educate Together Primary Academy
School of Christ The King Catholic Primary
Sea Mills Primary School
Sefton Park Infant School
Sefton Park Junior School
Shirehampton Primary School
Sir Bernard Lovell Academy
Southville Primary School
Speedwell Nursery School
Ss Peter and Paul RC Primary School
St Anne’s Infant School
St Barnabas Church of England VC Primary School
St Bede’s Catholic College
St Bernadette Catholic Secondary School
St Bernadette Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School
St Bernard’s Catholic Primary School
St Bonaventure’s Catholic Primary School
St George Church of England Primary School
St Johns Church of England Primary School, Clifton
St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School
St Mary Redcliffe Church of England Primary School
St Matthias Academy
St Michael’s on the Mount Church of England Primary School
St Nicholas of Tolentine Catholic Primary School
St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School
St Pauls Nursery School & Children’s Centre
St Peter’s Church of England Primary School (VC)
St Philips Marsh Nursery School and Barton Hill Childrens Centre/Cashmore Early Years Centre
St Pius X RC Primary School
St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School
St Ursula’s E-ACT Academy
St Werburghs Park Nursery School
St Werburgh’s Primary School
Stoke Bishop Church of England Primary School
Stoke Park Primary School
Summerhill Academy
Summerhill Infant School
The City Academy Bristol
The Dolphin School
The Kingfisher School
The Limes Nursery School
The Park Primary School
Two Mile Hill Primary School
Upper Horfield Primary School
Venturers’ Academy
Victoria Park Primary School
Waycroft Academy
West Town Lane Academy
Westbury Park Primary School
Westbury-On-Trym Church of England Academy
Whitchurch Primary School
Whitehall Primary School
Wicklea Academy
Woodlands Academy
Woodstock School

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