Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act (AHERA)
The Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act (AHERA) was established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to protect students, educators and staff from coming in contact with asbestos in schools. The AHERA regulations require schools to:
perform asbestos inspections,
maintain an asbestos management plan, and
provide asbestos awareness training for custodial and building services staff.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a mineral fiber that has been used in building construction materials for insulation and as a fire retardant. If these materials are disturbed or damaged in any way, asbestos fibers can be released into the air and breathed in. Breathing in asbestos fibers increases the risk of developing health effects — such as lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis. Learn more about asbestos and the health effects from exposure to asbestos fibers.