My Child’s School has Asbestos in It? Should I be worried?
Local education agencies are required under the asbestos-containing material in school rule, Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) to inspect for and manage asbestos-containing materials through an asbestos management plan.
The local education agency can safely and effectively manage asbestos-containing materials that are in good condition.
The risk from asbestos is when it is damaged or disturbed and asbestos fibers are released into the air where it can be inhaled. Schools are required to undertake a timely and appropriate maintenance or response actions whenever asbestos-containing materials deteriorate to the state of potential fiber release.
Asbestos that is undamaged and properly managed poses little health risk to building occupants. Undamaged asbestos is best left undisturbed and managed.
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