Joint Union Asbestos CommitteeRaising awareness of Asbestos
Founded in 2010, the Joint Union Asbestos Committee (JUAC) is a non-party political group that seeks to protect education workers and pupils from the dangers of asbestos in educational buildings. JUAC’s ultimate goal is for a Government-funded phased removal of all asbestos from educational buildings, starting with the most dangerous first. JUAC also campaigns to raise awareness about asbestos in educational buildings and for improved asbestos management.
You can find lots of information about the asbestos in schools/colleges campaign on this website, as well as various JUAC guidance documents and resources.
The JUAC members are representatives from the following education trades unions:
If you are a member of any of these unions and have concerns about asbestos in your educational building, or are diagnosed with an asbestos-related condition, then please get in touch with your union.
The Department of Education
The Department for Education has issued specific Asbestos Awareness Guidance for Schools and Colleges. JUAC supports the guidance and encourages all duty holders, governors, school leaders and staff to access the guidance…
The Welsh Government
The Welsh Government has issued specific Asbestos Awareness Guidance for schools and colleges. JUAC supports the guidance and encourages all leaders and staff to access the guidance…
The Health and Safety Executive
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is the national enforcement body for work-related health, safety and welfare in schools and colleges…
Scotland’s leading asbestos – industrial injury and disease charity
Providing emotional and practical support to those affected by mesothelioma, lung cancer and all other asbestos & work-related disease and injury…
What does JUAC want?
An independent review of Government policy to manage asbestos rather than remove it.
A Government audit which collects and shares data centrally on the extent, type and condition of asbestos in all educational establishments.
A funded programme for the phased removal of all asbestos starting with the most dangerous, with completion no later than 2028.
Government support for duty holders through provision of funded mandatory training.
Proactive inspections by HSE to ensure that educational establishments are managing asbestos effectively.