Asbestos Information for Schools
What is the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA)?
AHERA, a provision of the Toxic Substances Control Act, became law in 1986. AHERA requires local education agencies to inspect their schools for asbestos-containing building material and prepare management plans to prevent or reduce asbestos hazards. Public school districts and non-profit private schools (collectively called local education agencies) are subject to AHERA's requirements. This includes charter schools and schools affiliated with religious institutions.
The New York State Department of Health Asbestos Safety Training Program performs AHERA compliance audits and assistance at schools in New York State on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Useful Links on Asbestos in Schools
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Information and resources relating to asbestos in schools.
- Asbestos Containing Materials In Schools Rule, code of federal regulations pertaining to asbestos-containing materials in schools.
- The ABCs of Asbestos In Schools, pamphlet to help parents and teachers answer questions and learn the facts about asbestos in schools. It also outlines the responsibilities of school boards and other school officials to protect school children and employees from possible exposure to asbestos.
- New York State Education Department Facilities Planning
- New York State Environmental Laboratory Approval Program FAQ Document (including information on ceiling tile analysis)
A list of frequently asked questions on asbestos/fibers analysis (including information on ceiling tiles) that were developed through collaboration of the New York State Department of Health-Environmental Laboratory Approval Program, New York State Department of Health-Bureau of Occupational Health and the New York State Department of Labor.