Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA)
In compliance with the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act, Kent ISD has developed management plans for the safe control and maintenance of asbestos-containing materials found in its schools. These management plans are available and accessible to the pubic at the Maintenance Building.
We are providing this notice in compliance with rules promulgated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at 40 CFR 763, Subpart E pursuant to the provisions of the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (“AHERA”), PL 99-519. These rules require us to notify you each year of the measure we are taking to maintain the safe condition of the asbestos-containing materials (“ACMs”) located in our schools.
Asbestos is a generic term referring to a group of minerals characterized by long, extremely strong, chemically and thermally stable fibers. The properties of these fibers make asbestos both extremely desirable and extremely hazardous. Between 1900 and 1980, approximately 36 million metric tons of asbestos was used to manufacture over 3,000 materials including cement, vinyl, plaster, asphalt and cotton. Many of theses ACMs were incorporated into buildings including school buildings. Unfortunately, we now know that long-term inhalation exposures to high levels of asbestos fibers can cause a number of serious health consequences. Prudent measures are needed to prevent those exposures and safeguard the health of building occupants.
AHERA was enacted in 1986 to protect children attending our public and not-for-profit schools. It mandates a comprehensive program and strategy for safely managing the ACMs found in those schools. Some time ago, as required by AHERA, we completed an initial inspection of all school buildings to locate and characterize all ACMs. Using the inspection results, we then developed and implanted as Asbestos Hazard Management Plan that includes all of the AHERA required elements. The plan includes training for maintenance and custodial workers on how to avoid disturbing the ACMs and causing the release of airborne fibers. It also includes twice yearly walkthrough and full re-inspections every three years to identify any AMCs to which damage and deterioration could not be avoided and which may pose a risk of a fiber release an occupant exposure.