The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) require incidents to be reported to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) where the reporter judges that a work activity has caused the accidental release or escape of asbestos fibres into the air in a quantity believed to be sufficient to cause potential damage to the health of any person.
Analysis of the RIDDOR reports received by HSE for the Standard Industry Classification (SIC) relevant for schools identifies a number of such reports in each of the last 5 years:
No. of reports
The Regulations do not require the number of school staff and pupils who may have been exposed in incidents to be included within the notification. Many of the reports relate to work undertaken by contractors in schools in areas away from pupils and school staff. Therefore, it is not possible to readily determine potential exposures.