Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act
Announcement – August 27, 2018
In 1989 Congress enacted the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) primarily to require school districts to identify asbestos-containing materials (ACM) in their school buildings and take appropriate actions to control the release of asbestos fibers. In 1987 the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a program which enforces the AHERA.
In compliance with the AHERA regulations, Stanfield school facilities were inspected by the EPA accredited building inspector. During the inspection, samples were taken of building materials suspected to containing asbestos. The results of the inspection and laboratory analysis of the samples have confirmed the presence of ACM in portions of the school facilities. It is important to note that these materials are in a form and condition that does not pose an eminent health threat to students, faculty, or employees.
With the confirmation of the presence of ACM, an Asbestos Management Plan was developed for our school by an EPA accredited management planner. The Management Plan includes the inspections and physical assessment reports, the training program for our custodial and maintenance staff, the plans and procedures to be followed to minimize disturbance of the ACM, and a program for regular surveillance of the ACM. Every three years, a re-inspection by an accredited inspector must be conducted on all friable and non-friable known or assumed asbestos containing building materials (ACXBM) to determine whether the condition of the ACBM has changed and to make recommendations on managing or removing the ACBM. The last re-inspection was completed in February 2016.
The following Buildings contain NO asbestos-containing materials; therefore, no operations, and maintenance programs or future inspections are required in these buildings: Grades 7/8 Wing of Stanfield Secondary School and Stanfield School District Office.
We conduct a periodic surveillance inspection every 6 months to check the condition of the remaining asbestos and to determine if any action was needed.
For further details on the locations of the remaining ACBM or the asbestos activities, you are invited to review a copy of the Asbestos Management Plan in the District Office during regular office hours. Frank Longhorn is our designated asbestos program coordinator. All inquiries regarding the plan should be directed to him at 541-4499-8766.