Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act and Schools in the US

school room with desksAsbestos discovery in schools is unfortunately still very common. Many schools in the United States are responsible for exposing students, teachers, and other staff to asbestos through asbestos-covered pipes, tile floors, drywall, and more.

The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) is a set of requirements set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that requires schools to inspect their buildings for asbestos-containing materials and develop plans to manage and control asbestos hazards. Schools are required to appoint designated personnel to ensure compliance with AHERA regulations.

Asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral fiber, was commonly used in building materials for its heat resistance and durability. However, prolonged inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause serious health issues including mesothelioma and asbestosis.

The EPA outlines aspects of asbestos management in schools, including inspection and re-inspection procedures, development of asbestos management plans, and communication with parents, teachers, and employee organizations within AHERA.

If you would like to learn more about the federal requirements relating to schools and asbestos, visit the AHERA webpage.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness, contact us today. You could be entitled to compensation.