As a result of 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 Chisholm Public Schools 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 Chisholm 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 within its buildings safely and responsibly. 

Furthermore, the School District has completed its 3-Year re-inspection required by AHERA.  Your district buildings, where asbestos-containing materials were found, are under repair, removal and Operations and Maintenance. 

This past year the school district conducted the following with respect to its asbestos containing building materials:

Chisholm Elementary School (300 3rd Ave. SW)
Asbestos Abatement, 2013-2014 School Year

Removal of approximately 4 linear feet of asbestos insulation from fitting in classroom wall (Room 113)

Continued operations of maintenance and program.

Completed six month periodic and three year AHERA re-inspections for all buildings.

Federal law requires a periodic walk-through (called a “surveillance) every six months of each area containing asbestos.  Also, the law requires for all buildings to be re-inspected three years after a management plan is in 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 lead maintenance person before commencing work to be given this information.

The Chisholm 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 timetable for their proper management.  A copy of the Asbestos Management Plan is available for review in the District office.  Copies are available at 25 cents ($.25) per page.  Questions related to the plan should be directed the Account Manager under contract with MacNeil Environmental, Inc., Burnsville, Minnesota, at 800/232-5209.

Roger Anderson, Chief Engineer for ISD #695, is the district’s In-door Air Quality (IAQ) coordinator.  He may be reached at 254-5725.