Originally Posted: November 10, 2016
As a result of federal legislation (Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act – AHERA), each primary and secondary school in the nation is required to complete a stringent inspection for asbestos and to develop a plan of management for all asbestos containing building materials. Corbett School District #39 has a goal to be in full compliance with this law, and is following the spirit as well as the letter of the law. As a matter of policy, the district shall continue to maintain a safe and healthful environment for our community’s youth and employees.
In keeping with this legislation, all buildings (including portables and support buildings) owned or leased by Corbett School District #39 were inspected by EPA accredited inspectors and samples were analyzed by an independent laboratory. Based on the inspection, the district prepared and the state approved a comprehensive management plan for the safe and responsible handling of asbestos within its buildings.
This past year, Corbett School District #39 conducted the following with respect to its asbestos containing building materials:
- Continued periodic surveillance by Corbett School District #39 Maintenance Department
Federal law requires a periodic walk-through (called “surveillance”) every six months of each area containing asbestos. In addition, the law requires for all buildings to be re-inspected three years after a management plan is in effect. Institute for Environmental Assessment will accomplish this under contract. Areas where management issues are noted during inspections and surveillance have been and will continue to be dealt with promptly.
Short-term workers (outside contractors – i.e., telephone repair workers, electricians, and exterminators) must be provided information regarding the location of asbestos in which they may come into contact. All short-term workers shall contact the lead maintenance person before commencing work to be given this information.
Corbett School District #39 has a list of the location(s), type(s) of asbestos containing materials found in that school building and a description and time-table for their proper management. A copy of the Asbestos Management Plan is available for review in the Maintenance Office. Copies are available at 25 cents per page. Questions related to the plan should be directed to the Supervisor of Maintenance at (503) 261-4213.