Asbestos can be found in various places within schools. Friable asbestos, or asbestos that can be broken by hand pressure, is of greatest concern because these fibers can most easily be released into the air and inhaled into the lungs.
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What’s the problem?
Schools built during the 1940s through the 1970s are likely to contain asbestos, which was used extensively during that period. The list of asbestos–containing products includes common building materials such as insulation, pipe wrap, ceiling tiles, floor tiles, coatings, roof shingles, and drywall as well as some less common items such as lab counter/table tops, theater fire curtains, and backing on chalk boards. Asbestos has the potential to enter the classroom if these materials become worn, damaged, or disturbed.
The widespread use of asbestos in the construction of public, commercial, and residential buildings (especially in the 1970s) has exposed millions of adults and children to asbestos passively. One study reported that malignant mesothelioma occurred in 16 teachers from different parts of the United States, only 4 of whom had a history of exposure outside of school employment. One 1970s estimate is that 2-6 million school children and 100,000 to 300,000 teachers had been exposed to asbestos in schools.
In a 2003 report by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) titled “The ABCs of Asbestos in Schools,” the EPA disclosed that “there are asbestos-containing materials in most of the nation’s primary, secondary and charter schools.” The situation was so dire that Congress passed the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) in 1986 to protect children and school employees from asbestos exposure inside school buildings.
All schools are required to report to parent-teacher organizations once a year on the status of the school’s asbestos management plan, including any plans for asbestos removal. Any parent, teacher, or school employee has the right to review the school’s asbestos management plan.
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