Asbestos

Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act

The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) is a federal regulation that became effective in 1988. This rule required local education agencies to identify asbestos-containing building materials (ACBM) in public and private schools by visually inspecting school buildings for suspect materials, sampling such materials to determine if they are or are not ACBM.

The rule requires local education agencies to submit asbestos management plans to the state. The plan was submitted to the state in 1989 and is strictly adhered to.

For AHERA compliance the schools conduct a six-month inspection performed by the district’s safety coordinator and a three-year inspection by Cardinal Environmental Services, an asbestos consulting service. All friable asbestos found during these inspections is immediately removed or repaired in compliance with AHERA regulations.

The Green Bay Area Public School District’s present strategy for management of asbestos is to remove or repair all friable asbestos found during inspections, remove all asbestos floor tile damaged and friable, remove all damaged and friable ceiling tile, and remove all plaster, wallboard and insulation on all heating and water piping before building additions, renovation or retrofit.

There remains ACBM in all Green Bay Area Public School District schools that is not a health hazard to students or school personnel. The Asbestos Inspection Reports and Asbestos Management Plans are available for review in each school building office or at the Facilities and Related Services office at the Broadway Central Office, 200 South Broadway, by appointment only, when such appointment is made with the asbestos program manager at least one working day in advance. Copies of the documents are available at $0.10 per page from the Facilities and Related Services office within five days of a written request.

The Board of Education has appointed the Manager of Safety and Security as the asbestos program manager.

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