Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral commonly used in construction products and equipment components for many years. Most people have been exposed to asbestos at some point in their life. As a building material, it poses no health risk as long as it is undisturbed.
As per the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA):
All Aberdeen school facilities are inspected for asbestos-containing materials. In the facilities that have known asbestos containing materials, they continue to undergo inspections every three years by third-party licensed professionals. Newly constructed facilities are also inspected.
Areas that have known asbestos-containing materials are inspected every six months by the districts Asbestos Designated Person or by third party licensed professionals.
Copies of the district’s management plans are available in the main office of every campus and facility upon request with the original documentation located at the Maintenance Department.
Students, parents, and employees are notified of the management plan annually through information listed in the district calendar and on the district website.
The Aberdeen School District Maintenance Department is responsible for implementing and monitoring the asbestos management plans.
Maintenance, and Custodial staff attend the mandated AHERA two-hour asbestos awareness training.
For questions regarding the district’s asbestos management plan or the federally mandated program, please contact Michael Pauley, Aberdeen School District #5 Maintenance Supervisor at 360-538-2199.
For more information about asbestos and AHERA:
Capitol Region ESD 113 websites:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) websites: