We have received several calls over the last 30 years regarding how asbestos is maintained in schools in Michigan and other states across the country. We have also received inquiries about what an asbestos AHERA plan is and how it works. Please see the information below on School Asbestos Management Plans from the EPA, to see the asbestos plans that are required and maintained at each individual school.
School Asbestos Management Plans
According to the US EPA, Public school districts and non-profit schools are required to develop, maintain and update asbestos management plans and to keep a copy at each individual schools. These plans are required to document the recommended asbestos response actions, the location of the asbestos within the school, and any action taken to repair and remove the material.
The school authority must maintain records to be included in the Asbestos Management Plan. These records, among other things, include:
Name and address of each school building and whether the building has asbestos-containing building material, and the type of asbestos-containing material
Date of the original school inspection
Plan for re-inspections
Blueprint that clearly identifies the location of asbestos-containing building materials that remains in the school
Description of any response action or preventive measures taken to reduce asbestos exposure
Copy of the analysis of any building, and the name and address of any laboratory that sampled the material
Name, address, and telephone number of the “designated person” or contact to ensure the duties of the school district or non-profit private school are carried out
Description of steps taken to inform workers, teachers, and students or their legal guardians about inspections, re-inspections, response actions, and periodic surveillance
Parents, teachers, and school employees, or their representatives, have the right to inspect the school’s asbestos management plan.
Schools are required to notify parent-teacher organizations (such as PTAs) once a year about the availability of the school’s asbestos management plan and asbestos-related activity taking place within the school. The school must make the plan available for inspection within five working days of it being requested.