2017-18AHERA Notification (Asbestos)
As a result of the federal law AHERA (Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act) all primary and secondary schools are required to develop and implement a plan for managing all building materials which contain asbestos. Included in the AHERA Act are the requirement to notify annually all parents, guardians and staff members, as well as organizations representing them, of activities and events with the asbestos containing building materials.
Asbestos has been used in many building materials due to its outstanding insulating and strengthening properties. When it is undisturbed or intact it poses little hazard to human health. It is only when damage has or may occur that the quality of the school’s management program becomes an issue.
In 1988, all buildings owned, leased, or “under the control of” the Middleton - Cross Plains Area School District were inspected by EPA accredited inspectors, with building material samples analyzed by an independent laboratory. Based on the inspection, the School District prepared and the state approved a comprehensive management plan for administering the asbestos located within its buildings, safely and responsibly.
Once every three years, certified inspectors must re-inspect remaining materials. In addition, the rule requires a periodic walk-through (called “surveillance”) in each area containing asbestos every six months.
Environmental Management Consulting, Inc. has been contracted to accomplish the surveillance and inspections. Where asbestos containing materials are noted, appropriate maintainance, monitoring, repair or removal are conducted to ensure no health hazard develops. Further implementation of the Operations and Maintenance Program will continue under the supervision of Bill Eberhardt, Facilities Services Manager.
During the past year the Middleton - Cross Plains Area School District conducted the following with respect to its asbestos containing building materials:
Asbestos containing synthetic flooring and mastic was appropriately removed by certified workers according to all AHERA protocol at Northside Elementary School.
Prior to remodeling, asbestos bulk sampling of suspect material was conducted at Northside Elementary School. Results are summarized in the management plan.
The District’s AHERA three year asbestos re-inspection was completed and results are summarized in the management plan.
Short-term workers (outside contractors e.g. telephone repair workers, electricians, etc.) must be provided information regarding the location of asbestos in which they may come into contact. All short-term workers shall contact the lead maintenance person before commencing work.
Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District also requires that all new building materials introduced into the School District are free from asbestos. For all new buildings/additions, the architect responsible for the design certifies that to the best of their knowledge, no asbestos containing materials are used. If new buildings are acquired, they too will be inspected.
The Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District maintains a list of location(s) and type(s) of asbestos containing materials found in each school building along with a description and time-table for their proper management. A copy of the Asbestos Management Plan is available for review in each school office. Copies are available at 35 cents per page. Questions related to the plan should be directed to Lance Winslow, Environmental Management, Inc. at 920-648-6343, or by contacting Bill Eberhardt, Facilities Services Manager at (608) 829-2341.