Local Education Agencies and Asbestos in Schools
Asbestos has been proven to be extremely dangerous for the health of those who are exposed to it. Unfortunately, because of its widespread use before this was understood, countless individuals have been forced to suffer the grim consequences of asbestos-related diseases. Even in places that we regard as completely safe, like schools, may contain asbestos, and children could be exposed to this dangerous substance. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has regulations regarding the treatment of asbestos in schools, and it is important that these regulations are upheld, for the safety of all children.
If your child or the child of someone you know has been exposed to asbestos because of municipal negligence, contact an experienced asbestos attorney of Williams Kherkher by calling 800-781-3955 to discuss your legal situation and options.
The EPA mandates that Local Education Agencies (LEAs) are responsible for the treatment of asbestos in schools. These entities must:
- Establish an implementer of the EPA’s Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response plan
- Discuss the AHERA plan with school administrators, and update the plan on a regular basis
- Properly train custodial staff to handle asbestos in schools
- Regularly inspect the school for exposed asbestos, and remove accordingly
- Establish communication between parents of children in schools and administrators, to ensure total understanding of the risks of asbestos exposure
If these regulations are not followed, children could easily be at risk for asbestos exposure and their parents may not even know it. However, you may have legal options for holding people accountable for not following the above regulations.
If you or someone you know believes a child has been wrongfully exposed to asbestos in school, contact an asbestos attorney of Williams Kherkher at 800-781-3955 today.