Guidance for Superintendents

General AHERA Requirements for Superintendents  pdf format of 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.

Sample Annual Written Notification  pdf format of Sample Annual Written Notification  
  New!

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.

Sample Notice to Contractors Conducting Work in Your School  pdf format of Notice to Contractors Conducting Work in Your School
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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.

Sample RFP Specifications for AHERA Reinspections pdf format of Sample RFP Specifications for AHERA Reinspections

Download sample specifications that can be used in your RFP procurement of services to hire certified consultants.

Notice to Charter Schools  pdf format of Notice to Charter Schools  
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Charter Schools are required to comply with AHERA.

Notice to School Districts with New Construction  pdf format of Notice to School Districts with New Construction  
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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  pdf format of 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.

Checklist for Schools Conducting Asbestos Abatement  pdf format of Checklist for Schools Conducting Asbestos Abatement

This AHERA Response Action Records Checklist identifies the records and documents you should collect for inclusion in your Management Plan.

 

Guidance for Designated Persons

General AHERA Requirements for Designated Persons  pdf format of General AHERA Requirements for Designated Persons  
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AHERA requires that Designated Persons are trained to perform their duties.  This self-study guide can be used in lieu of classroom training.

EPA Self-Study Course for Designated Persons  pdf format of EPA Self-Study Course for Designated Persons

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.

List of Asbestos Training Available from the Department of Labor Standards pdf format of List of Asbestos Training Available from the DOLS

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

      Top 5 Violations for AHERA Inspectors  pdf format of Top 5 Violations for AHERA Inspectors  
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       AHERA has specific requirements for evaluating the presence and condition of asbestos-containing materials.

      Top 5 Violations for Management Planners  pdf format of Top 5 Violations for Management Planners  
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     AHERA has specific requirements for the contents of a Management Plan.

      Bulk Sample Analysis by PLM in Massachusetts  pdf format of Bulk Sample Analysis by PLM in Massachusetts  
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      This fact sheet highlights key components of the recognized EPA methods for analyzing bulk samples by Polarized Light Microscopy

      Clearance Air Sample Testing by PCM pdf format of Clearance Air Sample Testing by PCM
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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

EPA’s AHERA Asbestos Management Plan Self-Audit Checklist (2009) pdf format of EPA’s AHERA Asbestos Mgt Plan Self-Audit Checklist 2009

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.

http://toxics.supportportal.com/link/portal/23002/23019/ArticleFolder/1857/Asbestos-in-Schools

EPA’s AHERA Regulation 40 CFR 763 Subpart E pdf format of EPA’s AHERA Regulation 40 CFR 763 Subpart E
file size 9MB

 

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.