Buildings and Grounds

Reference: Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA)

On October 22, 1986, President Reagan signed into law an amendment to the Toxic Substance Control Act requiring schools to determine the presence of asbestos containing building materials in all school buildings. That amendment called the Asbestos Hazard Emergency response Act (AHERA) required all school buildings be visually inspected by an accredited inspectors and that bulk samples of suspected materials are taken where the material was not assumed to be asbestos. It further required that management plans be created for each building and that maintenance and custodial personnel receive training. The plan must be implemented and training must be completed by July 9, 1989. This document is the Asbestos Management plan which provides the means and methods to effectively deal with asbestos containing building materials.

All phases of the asbestos inspection and management planning are reported in this plan including: response action strategy, priorities, scheduling of abatement activities coordination of personnel and evaluation of results. The plan has an additional function as a reporting document to the State. At the local level, the plan must be made available for general review by the school district

The Medford Public Schools have completed the 3rd year re-inspections and reports are available for review.

Please feel free to call me if you have any question regarding this memo.

John McLaughlin
Director of Buildings and Grounds
Medford Public schools
AHERA (Designated Person)