Guidance for Superintendents
General AHERA Requirements for Superintendents Revised 2014!
AHERA requires that schools maintain ACM in good condition. This includes identifying asbestos-containing materials, development of a management plan, reinspections, performing response actions, and recordkeeping requirements.
AHERA requires that the Local Education Agency (LEA) provide annual written notification to parents, teachers and staff regarding the availability of the Asbestos Management Plan.
AHERA requires that short-term workers and contractors are notified of the location of ACM prior to performing their work so that the ACM is not disturbed during the performance of their work.
Download sample specifications that can be used in your RFP procurement of services to hire certified consultants.
Charter Schools are required to comply with AHERA.
Schools cannot conclude that they do not contain asbestos-containing materials just because the building or addition was constructed after 1989. An “architect’s statement” which reviews building materials, or a complete asbestos inspection, is required.
Notice to Schools Conducting Asbestos Abatement Revised 2014!
Schools are required to maintain documentation when conducting an asbestos response action including asbestos contractor license and workers certification information, clearance monitoring reports, and waste disposal manifests.
This AHERA Response Action Records Checklist identifies the records and documents you should collect for inclusion in your Management Plan.
Guidance for Designated Persons
AHERA requires that Designated Persons are trained to perform their duties. This self-study guide can be used in lieu of classroom training.
AHERA requires specific training for Designated Persons, and for custodians and maintenance staff. The Department of Labor Standards offers these trainings to LEAs and school staff free of charge.
AHERA requires specific Asbestos Awareness training for custodians and maintenance staff, and Designated Persons. Some of this training is available for free from the Department of Labor Standards.
Guidance for Certified Consultants
AHERA has specific requirements for evaluating the presence and condition of asbestos-containing materials.
AHERA has specific requirements for the contents of a Management Plan.
This fact sheet highlights key components of the recognized EPA methods for analyzing bulk samples by Polarized Light Microscopy
This fact sheet highlights key components of the NIOSH 7400 Method for Phase Contrast Microscopy in order to collect and analyze samples with technical accuracy.
Resources from EPA
Download a self-audit checklist for Local Education Agencies provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
EPA Frequently Asked Questions
This website, posted in 2012, provides answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding AHERA.
Should you have any questions or concerns about the AHERA regulation or other asbestos issues related to your buildings, please feel free to contact the Department of Labor Standards at safepublicworkplace@MassMail.State.MA.US.