Information on Compliance with AHERA Requirements for Superintendents of
Schools, Headmasters, Directors, Asbestos Inspectors & Management Planners
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
has developed this guidance to help Local
Education Agencies (LEAs) achieve
compliance with the Asbestos-Containing
Materials in Schools regulation (40 CFR
Part 763).
These regulations, in effect since 1986, re-
quire that public and not-for-profit non-
public, elementary and secondary schools be
inspected to determine the presence of asbes-
tos-containing building materials and that
asbestos management plans be developed as
a result of those inspections. State require-
ments may vary. Contact your state agency
for more information.
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Designated Person
The Local Education Agency (LEA) must designate a person (designated person) to ensure
that the responsibilities of the LEA, as detailed in the regulations, are properly implemented.
	The LEA must verify that this individual has received proper training. The individual is
not required to be a licensed asbestos consultant. There is no specific training course
for the designated person; however, the EPA lias developed a "Designated Person's
Self-Study Guide" that details the required specific background knowledge the
designated person must have. You can find this guide at http://www.epa.gov/asbestos/
	The Asbestos Management Plan (AMP) for schools must include a true and correct
statement signed by the designated person certifying that the general responsibilities of
the LEA have been or will be met.
	In the event that the designated person leaves his or her position, the LEA must ensure
that a new individual is identified and appropriately trained to ser\>e as the designated
person. The newly identified designated person must then sign the aforementioned
statement of certification. The designated person must have a basic knowledge of the
health effects of asbestos, the detection, identification and assessment of asbestos-
containing material, options for controlling asbestos-containing material, asbestos
management programs, and relevant federal and state regulations concerning asbestos.
The LEA must retain the services of a licensed asbestos inspector or management planner to
conduct a reinspection every three years subsequent to implementation of a management
 Triennial reinspections must include an inspection of each area of every building that is
leased, owned, or otherwise used as a school building.

Written Notification Regarding Availability of the AMP

At least once each school year, the LEA must provide written notification to parent, teacher, and employee
organizations regarding the availability of the Abestos Management Plan and any response actions taken
or planned.
This notice must be dated and a cow placed in the AMP.
 The AMP must describe the steps taken to notify parents, teachers and employee organizations.
Acceptable methods of notification include placing a notice in the school handbook, mailing a letter
to each household, or placing an ad in a local paper.
Periodic Surveillance
After the AMP has been implemented, the LEA must conduct periodic surveillance in each
building that it leases, owns, or otherwise uses as a school building at least once every six
The purpose of surveillance is to look at all known or suspect asbestos-containing building
materials (ACBM) and note any changes in the material.
Periodic surveillance does not need to be conducted by a licensed consultant. It is often
conducted by custodial or maintenance personnel.
Custodial & Maintenance Training and Short-Term Worker
All maintenance and custodial staff who may work in a building that contains asbestos-containing building
materials (ACBM) must receive at least two hours of asbestos awareness training whether or not they are
required to work with ACBM.
 Maintenance and custodial staff conducting any activities that will result in the disturbance to
ACBM must receive an additional fourteen hours of training.
The LK4 must ensure that new custodial and maintenance employees are trained within
sixty days after commencement of employment.
The LK4 must ensure that short-term workers who may come in contact with asbestos
(e.g. utility repair workers) are informed of the location of ACBM.
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