AHERA (Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act)
What is AHERA?
The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) and its regulations call for public school districts and non-profit schools as well as charter schools and those associated with religious institutions to:
- Inspect their schools for asbestos-containing building materials
- Prepare a management plan and to take necessary steps to prevent or decrease asbestos hazards
These legal requirements are based on the principle of “in-place” management of asbestos-containing building materials. The removal of these materials is not typically necessary unless the material is seriously damaged or will be disrupted by a renovation project or building demolition.
The staff that are working on asbestos in schools are required to be trained and accredited in accordance with The Asbestos Model Accreditation Plan.
Additionally, if removal of asbestos during a renovation is justified, or school building demolition, public schools, and non-profit schools are required to comply with the Asbestos National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP).
- courtesy of The Asbestos Institute