In older schools and other childcare facilities, there’s a chance that asbestos is present. Especially in larger schools, the presence of asbestos in the structure and insulation of these public facilities is high. It’s important as a parent to know as much as you can about the state of schools your children attend, and there are resources out there. Learn about how AHERA (Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act) guidelines provide regulations for your schools to follow, including documentation on asbestos inspections and abatement.
Understanding AHERA Guidelines for Schools
Of all the regulations passed, AHERA is the biggest focus for school administration and maintenance staff. It puts down requirements for schools to meet, staff that are responsible, and actions that must be taken.
- Every three years, perform an inspection for asbestos-containing materials.
- Develop and update a management plan for asbestos with a copy on school grounds.
- Provide yearly notifications to parents, teachers, and staff about the plan and any asbestos discovery or abatement actions.
- Designate a person to ensure that asbestos management is implemented properly.
- Regularly supervise areas that are known or suspected to contain asbestos.
- Ensure the credentials of professionals contracted to provide inspections, management plans, and any asbestos abatement actions.
- Make sure that custodial and maintenance staff are trained for asbestos awareness.
Read more in our blog, The Federal Regulations for Asbestos in School Buildings.
Talking to Your School about Asbestos Inspections and Abatement
Even with AHERA, the situation with your school may differ depending on their state rules and federal jurisdiction. While all have to at minimum meet AHERA standards, your best bet is always to reach out to your school’s administrators to ask when the last inspection was and if anything was found.
Getting Your School’s Asbestos Management Plan
Another useful resource to have is your school’s Asbestos Management Plans, as even school districts that fall outside of direct AHERA oversight are required to have them. These plans outline when the last inspection was performed, what if anything was found, and what plans the school has to manage any asbestos-containing materials found.
Fiber Control, Inc. are asbestos abatement specialists who also handle mold and lead abatement. Contact us to get started. We work with schools in both Massachusetts and Connecticut to make sure their facilities are safe for children. Learn more about our work with mold and lead in schools in our two blogs, Mold in Schools: What Parents Should Be Aware Of and The Importance of Checking for Lead in Schools & Childcare Facilities.