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

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