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Public Liability Insurance

Insurance information

This essential insurance cover is included as part of your ASE membership and will protect you in your professional capacity this includes public liability, for example an accident in a lab and also any personal possessions including clothing damaged by practical work. 

1)   Public liability

The cover applies to all individual members, including trainee members[1] and will apply to any work in classrooms, laboratories, factory/workplace visits (excluding work experience), link courses at Further Education colleges, or outings/field trips although there is a condition on the policy that the member running an outing/field trip is suitably qualified to do so and that there is no manual work involved.[2] 

The ASE has special arrangements with Aviva so that you, the member, have the protection of insurance cover up to £5,000,000 in case of awards against you arising from your legal liability in respect of claims for death, injury, illness or loss of, or damage to, property of students and others resulting from events occurring whilst carrying out your professional duties, including extramural activities.

The insurance will protect you in your professional capacity anywhere in the world should you have to defend allegations of negligence causing death, injury, illness or damage to property. The policy operates on a worldwide basis and indemnifies all individual members normally resident in the UK. Additionally, cover provides for a member’s representation, legal costs and other expenses arising from criminal prosecution if awarded against the member.  Fines and Penalties are not included.

2)   Personal Effects

The Business All Risks section of the ASE policy with Aviva provides cover in respect of loss of or damage to member’s personal effects arising out of the course of their professional duties, subject to an excess of the first £50 of each claim.[3] The policy is subject to a policy/claim limit of £250 per member in respect of loss of or damage to personal effects and £50 per member in respect of loss of money. The policy is specifically extended to include damage to clothing caused by acid burns or chemicals provided that suitable protective clothing is worn.

Download summary of the terms and conditions of cover.

A full copy of the policy terms and conditions is available on request from ASE.

How to Claim 

Members having to claim under this benefit should notify ASE Headquarters immediately the loss or damage is discovered. A form will then be issued on which full particulars of the claim can be submitted.

Contact:  ASE, College Lane, Hatfield AL10 9AA. 
Tel: 01707 283000           
Email: info@ase.org.uk 


[1] Members whose are resident outside of the UK and corporate members are excluded

[2] Please note that certain extra-curricular hazardous activities are excluded as follows; Canoeing on white or tidal water, Climbing or mountaineering which requires the use of special equipment or guides, Abseiling, Caving, potholing or visits to mines, Skiing or parachuting. 

[3] Cover applies to all individual members, including overseas members whilst temporarily in the UK but specifically excludes the property of student members.