Asbestos

  • Denver Public Schools, Environmental Services has been managing asbestos building materials for 30 years to ensure the safety of its building occupant. All public school districts and non-profit schools are required by state and federal regulations to develop and implement an asbestos management plan. As asbestos management plan is required to document the location of suspect asbestos containing building materials (ACBM) and any recommended response actions to repair and/or remove the materials. 

    The presence of asbestos containing materials in a building does not pose an immediate health threat. Exposure to asbestos fibers can cause serious health problems when it becomes airborne due to damage and disturbances during building maintenance and construction activities. Asbestos that is well managed and maintained in good condition reduces potential for exposure. 

     

    Asbestos Management Plan 

    Since October 2016, Environmental Services has been transferring files that were in the initial 1989 Asbestos Management Plan onto an internal Access Database. The Database is routinely updated to identify suspect asbestos building material and ongoing response actions at individual school buildings. Hard copies of the Management Plan is available for review or copies at our central administrative office. Every school building will receive a summarized Management Plan that reflects suspect asbestos containing building material and ongoing response actions. The Management Plan is a tool to safeguard the health and safety of the students, faculty, and staff by minimizing the potential for exposure. 

    To access our Online Asbestos Management Plan, please sign into your DPS Employee Google account. Scroll through the list of Building Folders to locate the school of interest. Open the folder and click on the building's asbestos summery report. 

     

    Information & References:

    U.S. EPA Asbestos Laws and Regulations 

    U.S. EPA Asbestos and School Building: Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA)

    Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE): Asbestos General Information 

     

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