Schools and Asbestos Abatement in Boston. What’s the Relation?

Asbestos is a serious matter and a big concern for many still today.  With some of the oldest buildings in the nations, asbestos abatement in Boston is more common than you may have ever thought.  For example, the schools in which we send our children to could be one of the biggest threats of asbestos contamination.  This is an extremely scary thought for many of us, but Atlantic Bay is here to help.  In this article, we will highlight federal requirements as well as signs your school may require some TLC. 


Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA)

Under the AHERA regulations, both public and non-profit schools are held to strict guidelines concerning asbestos management.  Click here to view the Act in its entirety, or see below for a brief overview of the requirements in place.

  • Perform an original inspection to determine whether asbestos-containing materials are present
  • A re-inspection must occur every three years
  • Develop, maintain, and update an asbestos management plan.  A copy must be maintained and available upon request within the school.
  • Yearly notifications must be provided to parents, teachers, and employees on the availability of the management plan, and any related actions that have been taken or planned within the school.
  • Each establishment must designate a contact person who is responsible for ensuring the responsibilities are properly implemented.
  • A periodic surveillance of known or suspected asbestos-containing building materials must occur.
  • Trained and licensed professionals are to perform inspections and take appropriate actions
  • All custodial staff shall receive asbestos-awareness training.


Where is Asbestos Likely to be Found?

Scary enough, the EPA estimates that most of the nation’s primary, secondary, and charter schools contain asbestos materials.  Commonly used in insulation, it has also been found in floor and ceiling tiles, cement piping, paper piping wrap, boiler insulation, and spray-applied fireproofing materials. 



Once asbestos is identified, it’s imperative to contact a licensed Boston asbestos abatement company like Atlantic Bay Contracting.  With the proper planning and tools, the spread of asbestos, and the dangers that it comes with can be safely contained and removed.  For more information, contact our team of experts at (617) 782-4986.  We are happy to assess and remediate problem areas that your education structure may hold.