Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act

  • This notice is posted to inform users of Lindbergh Schools facilities that the school district is continually dealing with the issue of asbestos in schools. The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act of 1986, referred to as AHERA, was enacted by congress to determine the extent of and develop solutions for any problems schools may have with asbestos.

    To give you some background, asbestos was used as a building material for many years. It is a naturally occurring mineral that is mined primarily in Canada, South Africa, and Russia. Properties found in asbestos made it an ideal building material for insulating, sound absorption, decorative plasters, fireproofing and a variety of miscellaneous uses. There have been over 3,000 different products made using asbestos materials. The Environmental Protection Agency began action to limit uses of asbestos products in 1973 and most uses of asbestos products as building materials were banned 1978.

    We have had our facilities inspected, as required by AHERA, by a certified asbestos inspector. The inspector is responsible for locating, sampling and rating the condition and hazard potential of all material in our facilities suspected of containing asbestos.

    The laboratory analyses of the samples have been included in our Asbestos Management Plan. This plan includes this notification letter, education and training of our employees, a specific set of plans and procedures designed to minimize the disturbance of any asbestos containing materials in our buildings, and plans for regular surveillance of the asbestos containing materials. A copy of this plan is available for your inspection in our central office during regular office hours. All inquiries should be directed to the Facilities department.

    We have implemented the Asbestos Management Plan, and we are intent on not only complying with, but exceeding federal, state and local regulations in this area. We plan on taking whatever steps are necessary to insure that your children, our employees, and building users have a healthy, safe environment in which to learn and work.