Annual AHERA Notification

  • February 15, 2019

     

    Dear Parents, Students, Employees, and Visitors:

    In 1986, Congress passed the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). This required schools to be inspected to identify any asbestos-containing building materials. All Durham Public Schools' buildings were inspected and suspected materials were sampled to be tested and rated according to condition and potential hazard. Every three years Durham Public Schools is required to be re-inspected to determine if the condition of any known or suspected asbestos-containing building materials (ACBM) has changed and to make recommendations on managing or removing the ACBM.

    The law further requires an asbestos management plan to be developed to monitor any known or suspected ACBM. The plan has several ongoing requirements: this notification letter, announcing the availability of the management plans for anyone to review upon request, training of support staff about asbestos and how to deal with it, and notifying short term workers such as subcontractors of the locations of any known or suspected ACBM. Warning labels shall be posted in routine maintenance areas (such as boiler rooms, mechanical rooms, etc.) where friable or non-friable ACBM containing building material (ACBM) has been identified. All labels shall be displayed in a readily visible location and shall remain posted until the asbestos-containing material has been removed/abated. The designated Asbestos Inspector/Management Planner conducts a six-month periodic surveillance, as well as the Three-Year Reinspection of areas of the buildings where known or suspected ACBM are located to document the condition of the materials.

    It is the intention of Durham Public Schools to comply with all federal and state regulations controlling asbestos and to take whatever steps are necessary to ensure students and employees a healthy and safe environment in which to learn and work.

    You are welcome to review a copy of the asbestos management plan upon request.

     

    Tina Ingram, Executive Director of Safety and Security
    Phone: 919-560-3607

    David Glenn, Assistant Director of Maintenance Services
    Phone: 919-560-3827