TO: Parents and Employees
RE: The Presence of Asbestos Within District Buildings
The Institute for Environmental Assessment was requested by Laurel-Concord-Coleridge School to review and prepare an asbestos management plan identifying the presence of asbestos within District school buildings. The Institute's federally certified inspectors, planners, public health and engineering consultants worked in conjunction with school administrative personnel to identify asbestos-containing building products. In addition, the Institute for Environmental Assessment has performed a reinspection On June 1, 2010 as required by the AHERA Regulations. Asbestos is a mineral fiber associated with increased levels of disease when inhaled. The risk rating procedures which the Institute used in commenting on the asbestos were developed in conjunction with national experts in the area of industrial medicine, toxicology, industrial hygiene and engineering. After reviewing the characteristics of District buildings during the reinspection, we prepared an updated management plan for each building, a copy of which is maintained along with the initial plan at the central district office and also in the administrative office for each major building describing the asbestos plan and the intended response.
Asbestos is dangerous only when it is broken loose from building material into fine, dustlike fibers and inhaled. The district has floor tile throughout the main building and in the Bus Barn which is assumed to contain nonfriable asbestos. The district also has pipe insulation throughout the 1922, 1956 and 1965 additions, which contain asbestos. Asbestos is also found in the 1956 addition on the ceilings. The undersides of all metal sinks are assumed to be coated with nonfriable asbestos.
The District implemented its management plan as of July 9, 1989, and has been conducting a six-month periodic surveillance of all asbestos-containing building materials. This periodic surveillance and the reinspection are conducted to provide a continuous assessment to assure safety conscious management of asbestos-containing materials.
The detailed plan and updated information for each building, or for the entire district, is open to public review. If you have any questions, please contact the District's Asbestos Program Manager, Jeremy Christiansen, at 402-256-3133.
DISTRICT ASBESTOS ACTIVITY SUMMARY
I am pleased to inform you that the District has continued to respond to the asbestos in schools issue in a cautious and proactive manner.
In the summer of 2010, the Institute for Environmental Assessment conducted a thorough inspection at Laurel-Concord-Coleridge School of all materials assumed to contain asbestos. The District will continue with the ongoing asbestos operations and maintenance program including periodic surveillance to be conducted every six months for the Laurel-Concord-Coleridge School.
Please rest assured that the District's ongoing efforts related to the management and control of asbestos-containing materials is geared singularly toward providing a safe and healthy environment for students, employees and occupants. If you have any questions, or would like to review the management plans and update materials, please feel free to contact the District's Asbestos Program Manager, Jeremy Christiansen at 402-256-3133.
The asbestos management plan is located in the office of each building and is available by contacting the asbestos program manager.