Is Asbestos a Hidden Hazard In Schools?
In 1986, the Congress implemented the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act to keep schools safe from asbestos. According to the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act, all public and private schools should conduct inspections for identifying asbestos-containing materials. Along with the initial inspection, they are required to re-inspect the suspected materials again every three years. In addition, schools must develop an asbestos management plan and update it. The custodial staff at schools must have asbestos-awareness training.
Yet, asbestos poses a significant health hazard to hundreds of school children, teachers and employees across the country. Many school properties that were built before the late ‘80s still have asbestos-containing materials. A majority of them have failed to comply with the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act.
Dangers Of Asbestos-Containing Materials In Schools
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber known for its exceptional fire and heat resistant abilities. This is why it was such a popular construction and building material.
However, the inhalation of asbestos fibers is harmful to the health of children and adults. Inhaling asbestos fibers can cause severe health issues, including lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestos. Keep in mind, there is no cure for mesothelioma.
Initially, people exposed to asbestos fibers tend to experience breathing issues. Serious lung diseases may develop years later. High levels of asbestos fibers in the body can be life-threatening.
Excessive exposure to asbestos over a long time period should be avoided at all cost. If you suspect your child’s school has asbestos-containing materials, speak to the school management. As asbestos fibers are extremely small, they can’t be seen or touched. The fibers are likely to spread and affect your child when someone moves or disturbs an asbestos-containing material. These materials may include a school’s roof, water supply lines, insulation material, flooring, ceiling tiles and more.
Asbestos exposure in schools shouldn’t be taken lightly. Exposure is real and is always possible. All schools must be checked for the presence of the hazardous material. It’s critical for schools to remove and control asbestos and share these efforts with parents and employees.
To formulate asbestos removal and management plan, schools must collaborate with licensed, certified, trained removal experts. If you need assistance and guidance removing asbestos from your school, contact ACI-TECH INC.
The environmental remediation company offers comprehensive asbestos removal in Philadelphia, Delaware County, Chester County, Montgomery County, Bucks County and State of Delaware.