Asbestos - AHERA Notification
The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act of 1986, or AHERA, became law to determine the extent of, and develop management plans for asbestos in school facilities. The Environmental Protection Agency began limiting use of products containing asbestos in 1973, and most uses of asbestos in building materials were banned in 1978.
All facilities in the Urbandale Community School District have been inspected by a certified asbestos consultant, as required by AHERA. The most recent inspection was in 2001. In 2004, the District is scheduled for an update of the inspection, which must be completed every three years All building materials containing asbestos were noted and rated as to the condition and hazard potential. The results of the inspection report provided an update of our asbestos management plan, available for review at each facility and at the Administration office.
This notification, methods of educating and training the District's employees, regular surveillance of the asbestos containing building materials, and the established procedures are designed to minimize the disturbance of the asbestos containing building materials in our facilities. Questions regarding the status of the District AHERA Management Plan should be directed to Asbestos Program Manager located at the Administration office, 515-457-5000.
It is the intent of the Urbandale Community School District to comply with all federal and state regulations in this area. All procedures in the District Management Plan will be followed to ensure that District's facilities continue to be a healthy and safe environment for learning.
See Board Policy 914 - Asbestos.