Annual Notification – Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA)
The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) of 1986 requires parents/legal guardians, teachers, and employee organizations be notified of the Asbestos Management Plan at each facility. This notification provides information detailing Brewer School Department’s compliance with AHERA.
AHERA requires all schools, pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade, to be inspected for Asbestos Containing Building Materials (ACBM) and, for buildings where ACBM is identified, an Asbestos Management Plan, which outlines the control and management of ACBM in each facility, to be developed.
The Asbestos Management Plan includes an operations and maintenance program, which will control exposure to any asbestos-containing materials through a systematic schedule of monitoring, employee training, recordkeeping, and periodic re-inspections. Inspections are required every three (3) years, with periodic re-evaluation of known ACBM required every six (6) months. Maintenance and custodial personnel receive annual asbestos awareness training to qualify them to conduct their routine activities around ACBM, as well as perform the required periodic re-evaluations.
ACBM has been identified at Brewer High School and the Dr. Daniel Lee Administrative Building. The Brewer Community School was built without using ACBM.
Abatement of known ACBM will continue on an as needed basis contingent of building remodeling, retrofitting, and maintenance of disturbed ACBM. Removal projects are designed and implemented by a qualified contractor.
The latest three year inspection was performed in February 2015. There is no work planned, regarding ACBM, other than the required periodic re-evaluations, during the 2015/2106 school year.
The Asbestos Management Plan is available for review, during normal business hours, in the Facilities Department office, located in the high school tech building. Questions pertaining AHERA, and Brewer School Department’s Asbestos Management Plan should be directed to Brian MacDonald, Facilities Director, at 207-989-8664.