Dear Parents, Teachers, Building Occupants, and Employee Organizations:
In the past, asbestos was used extensively in building materials because of its exceptional insulating, sound absorbing, and fire retardant capabilities. Virtually, any building constructed before the late 1970s contained some form of asbestos. Intact and undisturbed, asbestos materials generally do not pose a health risk to building occupants. Risk levels increase when damage, deterioration over time or neglect causes asbestos fibers to become released into the air. These fibers can lead to chronic health problems in some individuals if inhaled.
In 1986 the United States Congress passed the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) which required (and continues to require) schools to be inspected to identify any asbestos-containing building materials in buildings owned, operated or otherwise used for school purposes. During these original inspections, materials were located, sampled, quantified and ranked according to the hazards observed. Every three years, that same regulation requires the school to have a re-inspection of the materials previously identified to determine whether the condition of those materials has changed and to make recommendations on managing or removing the asbestos-containing building materials. The date of the last re-inspection for our school was June 1, 2016. ATC Associates Inc. of Cincinnati, Ohio is scheduled to perform this re-inspection during the month of June 2019.
Further, AHERA required that an initial Management Plan is generated and active for each school building by July 1989. The plan is a compilation of all inspection data generated, required compliance notification, abatement projects, training of employees and short-term workers and six-month periodic surveillance events. Nativity developed a plan as required. This document is available for public review and is located in the Office of Systems & Special Projects. Nativity has designated me as the person who is responsible for ASHERA compliance work.
During the past year, asbestos was removed by Central Insulation Systems Inc. under ATC Associates Inc’s supervision as part of the renovations to the school building. Floor tile was removed in what is now the World Language classroom, the 2nd floor hallway of the old building and in the new Administrative suite. All ASHERA guidelines for asbestos removal were followed and air samples were taken after the work was completed. Copies of these reports are in the Office of Systems & Special Projects and are available for public review.
It is the intention of Nativity to comply with all federal and state regulations controlling asbestos and to take whatever steps are necessary to ensure students and employees a safe and healthy environment in which to learn and work. Should you have additional questions or comments concerning asbestos, the School’s Management Plan or any other safety and health need, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Rudy Gruenke IV
Director of Systems and Special Projects