AHERA “Annual Notification”
On October 22, 1986, Congress promulgated the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA), Public Law 99-519. AHERA mandated that EPA develop regulations to respond to asbestos in schools.
On October 30, 1987, EPA promulgated the Asbestos-Containing Materials in Schools Rule (hereinafter referred to as the AHERA Rule), 40 CFR Part 763, Subpart E. This rule requires that all of the nation's nonprofit elementary and secondary schools, both public and private, identify and inspect their school buildings for both friable and non-friable asbestos-containing building materials (ACBM) and develop a plan to properly and safely manage any discovered asbestos material for each building.
This Document and Notice offers “Annual Notification” that the Chattooga County School System seeks to update the (AHERA) Asbestos Management Plan in a timely manner as required by the Environmental Protection Agency under Federal Law, 40 CFR 763, Subpart E, and in doing so will meet this notification requirement plus other aspects of the AHERA Program.
The Management Plan for each school site and buildings are available for review in the main office of each school as well as the Chattooga County Board of Education and School System Central Office.
The Management Plan includes at least the following for each building: building diagrams, re-inspection and assessment documents, individual building room schedules, asbestos location drawings, periodic surveillance updates, maintenance plan guidelines, awareness training, testing results; plus response and removal activities.
The Chattooga County Schools Local AHERA Designated Contact person is Mr. John Worsham, Director and Supervisor of Facilities and Maintenance. He may be contacted for further information if needed at the Chattooga County Board of Education Central Office at the following numbers: Office: 706-857-3447 or Mobile: 706-346-6939.
PLAN TO INFORM
The School District must provide notification and information about the AMP-Asbestos Management Plan and any asbestos-related activities. Under 40 CFR § 763.93(g)(4), at least once each school year, the LEA must notify in writing parent, teacher, and employee organizations of the availability of the AMP and must include in the AMP, a description of the steps taken to notify such organizations, and a dated copy of the notification. In the absence of any such organizations for parents, teachers, or employees, the LEA must provide written notice to that relevant group of the availability of the AMP and must include in the AMP a description of the steps taken to notify such groups, and a dated copy of the notification.
Under 40 CFR § 763.93(e)(10), the AMP must include a description of the steps taken to inform workers and building occupants, or their legal guardians, about inspections, re-inspections, response actions, and post-response action activities, including periodic re-inspection and surveillance activities that are planned or in progress. Under 40 CFR § 763.84(c), the LEA must inform them about these activities at least once each school year. The Digital Tech World has changed considerably; therefore, a constant Notification appears on the School System and Local School Web Site.
A statement should be place in Student Handbooks indicating that the Management Plan covering Asbestos Information is available in the School or Central Office-Board of Education of the School System. Also, a notice should be place on a bulletin board or such in the Staff Work Room area of the Local School and System Site.
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