In Massachusetts, asbestos removal and containment guidelines are in place and clear for educational facilities. From public to charter, schools are required to comply with AHERA. The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act “requires local education agencies to inspects their school building for asbestos-containing building material, prepare asbestos management plans, and perform asbestos response actions to prevent or reduce asbestos hazards.”
General AHERA Guidance
When beginning the journey for asbestos removal in Massachusetts, AHERA requires the designation of a person to oversee the management of asbestos-containing materials in the school buildings. Below is a brief overview of the designation person’s requirements:
- Identify asbestos-containing materials (ACM)
- Post warning labels in areas with ACM
- Maintain good condition of all ACM and conduct a visual surveillance every 6 months
- Ensure a reinspection by a licensed Asbestos Inspection and Management Planner occurs every 3 years
- Notify staff, guardians, and contractors about ACM locations and restrictions
- Annual notifications and written management plans
- Ensure all activities around the ACM is conducted by licensed workers
- Training for all staff in contact with ACM
- Responsible for maintaining the asbestos management plan
Although these bullet points seem extensive in responsibility, keep in mind that this is only a brief overview. Asbestos is serious, and the strictest guidelines are set for the safety of all involved.
Is your child’s school contaminated?
Even though the use of asbestos was banned in the 1970s, many contractors continued utilizing it until their inventory was depleted. Because of this fact, and the age of several school buildings, it’s always best to spend a little time researching your local facilities.
Click here for an interactive map highlighting the most recent information available on schools throughout Massachusetts. As you zoom in, counties then towns will appear with markers for individual schools. These markers work in conjunction with the key stating which schools have available information and their most recent reporting on ACM.
When dealing with asbestos removal in Massachusetts, the process can be overwhelming. With strict guidelines and required documentation, it’s always best to rely on a professional team with extensive industry experience. From beginning to end, Atlantic Bay Contracting is here to help you remedy all of your asbestos removal needs.
For more information, contact our team at (617) 782-4986.