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As part of its mission to protect human health
and the environment, EPA works with various
partners, including schools, to share
information, resources and tools regarding
the importance of environmental health
issues and Healthy Schools.
Health Promotion for Staff
Healthy School Environment
Counseling, Psychological, & Social Services
Today, I’ll be speaking about Asbestos & Schools
Asbestos is a mineral fiber that has been used commonly in a
variety of materials such as insulation and
as a fire-retardant.
When these materials are damaged or disturbed by repair,
remodeling or demolition activities, microscopic fibers become
airborne and can be inhaled into the lungs, where they can
cause significant health problems.
There are numerous uses of asbestos that are found throughout many school buildings. Here are a few examples.
Federal Requirements for Asbestos Management in SchoolsNational Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP)
EPA has Asbestos Regulations
The following are asbestos regulation highlights:
Designated Asbestos Person
EPA has developed a
“Designated Person’s Self-Study Guide”
Available online: http://www.epa.gov/asbestos/schools.html
Designated Asbestos PersonThe Asbestos Management Plan (AMP) for schools must include a true and correct statement signed by the DP certifying that the general responsibilities of the LEA have been or will be met.In the event that the DP leaves his or her position, the LEA must ensure that a new individual is identified and appropriately trained to serve as the new DP.
The LEA must maintain records required by the regulations to be included in the Asbestos Management Plan. This includes:
Federal Requirements for
Asbestos Management in Schools
EPA’s Compliance & Enforcement
You will find several Asbestos resources at:
“The ABC’s of Asbestos in Schools” (PDF)
EPA Asbestos Line:1-800-471-7127EPA Region 71-800-223-0425EPA Asbestos in Schools Website:www.epa.gov/asbestos/asbestos_in_schools.htmlwww.epa.gov/asbestos
Where can you learn more?
You can also request more information on the
AHERA requirements from the
Toxic Substances Control Act Assistance Information Service
or from the Asbestos Ombudsman at
EPA’s National Program Chemicals Division