Asbestos Management Plan
The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act of 1986 [AHERA] requires schools to identify asbestos containing materials [ACM] in their school buildings and to take appropriate actions to control the release of asbestos fibers in an attempt to decrease the chances of dangers of exposure to this health hazard for its employees and students.
In response, Suffield Academy has undergone a thorough inspection of all its student-occupied buildings by an accredited inspector. Subsequent to that inspection, an Asbestos Management Plan [AMP] has been developed which has the following dimensions:
- To summarize the inspection results, listing the locations of all ACM identified by the sampling and testing.
- To state the response actions to be undertaken by the school [repairs and/or removal] in an attempt to eliminate the asbestos hazard.
- To set up a series of operational and maintenance guidelines designed to prevent asbestos fiber release through the proper cleaning, maintenance, renovation procedures, and general building operations.
- To train all employees with regard to the hazard of asbestos and the proper methods of working in its presence.
The AMP was prepared, as required by AHERA, by a certified management planner. The AMP is available in the Academy’s business office for review during normal business hours. The review will be arranged no less than five working days after the receipt of written or electronic request by the business office. The long-term goal is to make all our buildings free of ACM. As we carry out renovation projects or building upgrades, we will incorporate asbestos abatement as part of those projects.