Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA)
On October 22, 1986, President Reagan signed into law an amendment to the Toxic Substance Control Act requiring schools to determine the presence of asbestos containing building materials (ACBM) in school buildings. That amendment, called the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) required that all school buildings are visually inspected by accredited inspectors and that bulk samples of suspected materials are taken where the material was not assumed to be asbestos. It further required that management plans be created for each individual building and that the maintenance and custodial personnel receive training. The plan must be implemented and the training must be completed by July 9, 1989. This document is the Asbestos Management Plan which provides the means and the methods to effectively deal with asbestos containing building materials.
All phases of asbestos inspection and management planning are reported in this plan including response action strategy, priorities, scheduling of abatement activities coordination of personnel and evaluation of results. The plan has an additional function as a reporting document to that State. At the local level, the school district must have the plan available for general review by the public.
Canadochly Elementary School, Kreutz Creek Elementary School, and the district’s maintenance garage have asbestos containing building material in various locations. In accordance with Federal regulations, every three years these areas are inspected to determine if the condition of the known or suspected ACBMs has changed and to make recommendations on managing or removing the ACBMs