How do you know if a school building contains asbestos? It’s not that easy, say the experts. If your school was built after March 2008, when asbestos was banned in South Africa, it’s unlikely to contain asbestos.
But it’s often only possible to identify the presence of asbestos with certainty using laboratory analysis, said Gabriel Mizan, an occupational hygiene scientist at the National Institute for Occupational Health (NOHI).
The golden rule is: when in doubt assume the material contains asbestos.
The Gauteng department of education did a survey in 2014 to find out which schools were made entirely or partially of asbestos. You can search to see if your school is one of them below: