Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) 2021-22 Notification
The Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act (AHERA) requires public and private non-profit primary and secondary schools to inspect their buildings for asbestos-containing building materials. This Act went into effect in 1986, and requires schools to:
- Perform an original inspection and periodic re-inspections every 3 years for asbestos containing material; the next required triennial inspection will be completed in 2022.
- Develop, maintain, and update an asbestos management plan and keep a copy at the school; these plans are available for review during the school day.
- Provide yearly notification to parent, teacher, and employee organizations regarding the availability of the school’s asbestos management plan and any asbestos abatement actions taken or planned in the school.
- Designate a contact person to ensure the responsibilities of the local education agency are properly implemented.
- Perform periodic surveillance of known or suspected asbestos containing building material.
- Provide custodial and maintenance staff with yearly asbestos awareness training.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires a pro-active, in-place management program whenever Asbestos Containing Building Material is discovered and is not removed.
- Asbestos that has been identified will pose little risk if it is well maintained under an operations and maintenance program.
- Removal is often not a building owner’s best course of action to reduce asbestos exposure. In fact, an improper removal can create a dangerous situation where none previously existed.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) only requires asbestos removal to prevent significant public exposure to airborne asbestos fibers during building demolition or renovation activities.
- During the 2020-21 school year, no asbestos projects were done at any Ulster County BOCES facilities.
- During the 2020-21 school year there have been no instances in any of Ulster County BOCES facilities where asbestos was an imminent hazard to the health or well-being of our students or employees.
The District’s management plans are available for review through Health & Safety – Risk Management. For further information, contact Christy Fischer, Health and Safety Technician, the Asbestos Designee for Ulster BOCES at 845-255-1400.