Project information

Asbestos in Schools Awareness Project (ASAP)

We wish to warn teachers and school staff of the dangers of asbestos in schools. This deadly substance was widely used in the mid 20th century and is still present in many school buildings. A growing number of teachers and former pupils are now succumbing to the asbestos cancer, Mesothelioma.

September 2015 - August 2016

Charity information

Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team

Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team logo
  • Need


    Asbestos was used extensively in schools in the 20th Century. As a result, an increasing number of teachers, support staff and former pupils are now succumbing to the asbestos cancer, Mesothelioma. Because the substance was so widely used within the fabric of school buildings, it is still heavily present. We aim to warn school staff of the danger in their workplace, and advise them on how to protect themselves from exposure to the deadly fibres.


    We will produce an interactive computer programme which demonstrates where asbestos might be found in a school. This could be projected onto a large screen at an event or meeting. Also, it could be saved onto a USB stick for school staff to view on their own pc. The interactive programme will be accompanied by an A5 sized booklet which summarises the information given in the main presentation. There will also be advice on protecting your health and the contact details of relevant organisations.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To make educational staff aware of the potential danger to their health from asbestos in schools.


    » Produce an interactive programme and accompanying booklet, demonstrating the potential locations of asbestos in schools and how to protect yourself.

    By reaching hundreds of teachers through events and through lending out usb sticks containing the interactive presentation.

  • Impact


    A greater awareness among educational staff of asbestos and mesothelioma, as demonstrated by increased interaction with this group of people.


    We are in contact with many networks that would help to make this project a success, the only risk is lack of funding. We have submitted a bid to Awards for All and will approach teaching unions for sponsorship.


    Through our newsletter, annual report and social media pages.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,365

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,400 IT Set Up Producing interactive programme
      £750 IT purchase USB sticks
      £520 Printing Info booklets
      £2,000 Event Room hire, technical support etc
      £695 Stationery & postage Pens and postage of usbs, booklets
  • Background


    We cover all of the East Midlands though information will be made available on our website for all to see.


    School staff - teachers, caretakers, secretaries, lunchtime supervisers

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have previously carried out a similar project to warn tradesmen about the dangers of domestic asbestos. We also have contact with teaching unions and help those affected by asbestos in the workplace.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Joanne Gordon

    Co-ordinator - will organise the IT set up and the launch event. Will oversee the preparation of the relevant information.

    Sarah Walters

    Funding Development - will secure a range of funding and oversee the development of promotional items.