ASBESTOS UPDATE

Under the Federal AHERA, it is required that we dispatch a letter to all parents and employees regarding the asbestos policy, abatement engineering activity, and AHERA compliance system enacted by our district.

The Institute for Environmental Assessment was requested by the Waterville-Elysian-Morristown School to review and prepare an asbestos management plan identifying the presence of asbestos within district school buildings. The Institute's federally certified inspectors, planners, public health, and engineering consultants worked in conjunction with the school administrative personnel to identify asbestos-containing building products. Asbestos is a mineral fiber associated with increased levels of disease when inhaled. The risk rating procedures, which the Institute used in commenting on asbestos, were developed in conjunction with national experts in the area of industrial medicine, toxology, industrial hyginene, and engineering. After reviewing the characteristics of district buildings, we prepared a management plan for each building, a copy of which is maintained in the central district office and also in the administrative office for each major building describing the asbestos plan and the intended response.

Asbestos is dangerous only when it is broken loose from building material into fine, dust-like fibers and inhaled. Assuming the district maintains its operations and maintenance procedures and, if asbestos is to be removed or abated, that such removal is done under carefully controlled conditions, the asbestos should not represent a detectable risk to any building occupant.

The district implemented its original Management Plan on July 9, 1989. In 1992, 1995, 1998, 2001 and in 2004, we had a three year reinspection and an updated plan is now posted in each of the Waterville-Elysian-Morristown buildings. A 6 month periodic surveillance check was completed in March 2004 to provide a continuous management of asbestos containing materials.

The detailed plan and updated information for each building, or for the entire district, is open to public review. If you have any questions, please contact the District's Administration
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