Wellesley Public Schools Asbestos Management (AHERA) – November 1, 2017

This annual notification is required by the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA).

On October 22, 1986, President Reagan signed into law an amendment to the Toxic Substance Control Act requiring schools to determine the presence of asbestos containing building materials (ACBMs) in all school buildings. That amendment, called the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA, 40 CFR part 763 of Title II of the Toxic Substances Control Act) required that all school buildings be visually inspected by accredited inspectors and that bulk samples of suspected materials are taken where the material was not already assumed to be asbestos. It further required that management plans be created for each individual building and that the maintenance and custodial personnel receive training. The plan must be implemented and the training must be completed by July 9, 1989. This document is the Asbestos Management Plan which provides the means and the methods to effectively deal with asbestos containing building materials. All phases of asbestos inspection and management planning are reported in this plan, including: response action strategy, priorities, scheduling of abatement activities training and coordination of personnel and evaluation of results. The plan has an additional function as a reporting document to that State. At the local level, the plan must be made available for general review by the school district.

Asbestos Management Plans have been developed for the Wellesley Public Schools according to the AHERA regulations, and the schools comply with all requirements for monitoring, record keeping and re-inspections. The 3rd year re-inspections for 2017 for Wellesley Public Schools have been completed and reports are available for review. Each building’s plans are available and can be viewed at each school and at the Facilities Maintenance Department Office at 888 Worcester Street, Suite 370 during normal business hours.

Questions concerning the AHERA plan should be addressed to Joseph Murray, Facilities Project Manager, who is the designated person for AHERA matters, at (781) 489-4255.