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Schools Required to Inspect for Asbestos

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Asbestos poisoning is a thing of the past, right? They’ve taken care of all of that, haven’t they? Not necessarily. Nearly half of all the public schools in America were built between 1950 and 1969, the peak years of the use of asbestos in construction. The EPA estimates that more than 130,000 primary and secondary schools still have some asbestos in them, putting millions of teachers and students at risk. In 2014, two California schools were closed indefinitely because of concerns about airborne asbestos levels.

Federal Law Requires Public and Non-Profit Schools to Inspect for Asbestos

Under the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA), there are a number of specific mandates for public and non-profit schools related to asbestos exposure:

  • All schools must conduct an initial inspection for asbestos and then must re-inspect every three years. The inspections must be conducted by licensed and trained professionals.
  • Schools must put together and update an asbestos management plan, which includes the date of the original inspection, plans for re-inspection, blueprints that identify where asbestos-containing substances can be found, and descriptions of any remedial or preventative measure implemented to reduce potential asbestos exposure. A copy of the plan mustbe kept at the school.
  • Schools must notify parents, teachers and any other employees of the availability of the schools asbestos management plan on an annual basis
  • Schools must identify and assign responsibility to a contact person, who will ensure that the asbestos management plan is followed
  • Schools must ensure that custodians and any others performing maintenance or construction anywhere on the school premises have asbestos awareness training

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