Asbestos Exposure in Schools
Government groups such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have been working for years to reduce the hazards of asbestos in our country. Sadly, it remains a persistent problem, even in our public schools. According to the EPA, thousands of schools across the nation currently contain asbestos.
Of course, the problem was much worse before the dangers of asbestos were finally recognized. If you or a loved one has become ill after exposure to asbestos in a school, the asbestos exposure lawyers at Williams Kherkher can help. Contact our offices at 800-781-3955 to learn more.
The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act
AHERA was passed in 1986 to protect students from asbestos exposure in public schools. Under this Act, all public schools and nonprofit private schools to develop and follow an asbestos management plan. This involves:
- Assessing the asbestos level of each building on campus
- Ensuring all asbestos is safely intact or removed
- Regularly re-assessing the campus for safety
Asbestos only becomes dangerous when it is disturbed or allowed to deteriorate, causing fibers to come loose and possibly be inhaled. For this reason, schools are not necessarily required to remove all asbestos from their campuses. However, they do have to make sure that any asbestos in their insulation, ceiling tiles, or wall board is safely sealed and intact.
If you have been injured by years of exposure to asbestos at school, or if your children have been exposed to dangerous levels of this substance, you may have grounds for legal action.
Williams Kherkher committed to helping everyone who has been injured or placed in danger by exposure to asbestos. To learn more about the services we provide, contact our asbestos exposure attorneys at 800-781-3955.