AHERA Management Plan Compliance
Under the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) of 1986, EPA published on October 30, 1987 the Asbestos-Containing Materials in Schools rule (hereinafter referred to as the AHERA rule), 40 CFR Part 763, Subpart E. The AHERA rule became effective on December 14, 1987 and applies to all non-profit elementary and secondary schools nationwide, both public and private.
Local Education Agencies (LEA's) are responsible for ensuring compliance with the AHERA rule and are required, among other things, to develop and maintain an up-to-date Asbestos Management Plan (AMP), conduct training, inspections and sampling related to asbestos, manage asbestos properly and provide yearly notification to parents, teachers and employee organizations about the AMP and any asbestos-related activities.
LEAs are also responsible for designating a contact person known as the Designated Person (DP) to oversee asbestos-related activities in the school and ensure that the AHERA responsibilities of the LEA are met. The quality of a school's asbestos program depends heavily upon the dedication and work of the DP with the support of the LEA. The LEA and the DP work together to ensure that each school is in compliance with federal, state and local asbestos regulations and that there are no uncontrolled releases of asbestos fibers in the school which could pose a health threat to children and school workers.
The first step in reaching AHERA compliance is to find and review your school’s existing Management Plan. Answer the following questions about the AHERA Management Plan for your school to find out what AHERA resources will benefit you most.