HERMANTOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT
2016-2017 ASBESTOS NOTIFICATION
As a result of recent federal legislation (Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act - AHERA), each primary and secondary school in the nation is required to complete a stringent inspection for asbestos and to develop a plan of management for all asbestos-containing building materials. The Hermantown School District has a goal to be in full compliance with this law and is following the spirit, as well as the letter of the law. As a matter of policy, the district shall continue to maintain a safe and healthful environment for our community’s youth and employees.
In keeping with this legislation, all buildings (including portables and support buildings) owned or leased by the Hermantown School District were inspected by EPA accredited inspectors and samples were analyzed by an independent laboratory. Based on the inspection, the school prepared, and the state approved, a comprehensive management plan for handling the asbestos located within its buildings safely and responsibly.
Furthermore, the Hermantown School District has completed their 3-Year Re-inspection required by AHERA. Our district buildings, where asbestos-containing materials were found, are under repair, removal and Operations and Maintenance.
This past year Hermantown School District conducted the following with respect to its asbestos containing building materials:
1. Continued our Operations and Maintenance Program
2. Asbestos that was discovered at the site of the Old Middle School was in a contained state and removed by a qualified asbestos contractor on or before June 15, 2017.
Federal law requires a periodic walk-through (called “surveillance”) every six months of each area containing asbestos. In addition, the law requires all buildings to be re-inspected every three years after a management plan went into effect. MacNeil Environmental, Inc will accomplish this under contract.
Short-term workers (outside contractors - i.e., telephone repair workers, electricians and exterminators) must be provided information regarding the location of asbestos in which they may come into contact. All short-term workers shall contact the district’s Designated Person before commending work to be given this information.
The Hermantown School District has a list of the location(s) and type(s) of asbestos containing materials found in that school building and a description and time-table for their proper management. A copy of the Asbestos Management Plan is available for review by contacting the Director of Buildings and Grounds. Copies of reports are available via official Data Request at a rate of 25 cents per page.
Questions related to the plan should be directed to the Hermantown School District at 218-729-9313.