Under the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) rule, all primary and secondary schools are required to develop and implement a plan for managing all building materials which contain asbestos. Included in the AHERA Act is the requirement to annually notify all workers and building occupants (or their guardians) of asbestos-related activities. Beginning in 1988, all buildings owned, leased, or under the control of Wisconsin Lutheran (WLHS) were inspected by EPA accredited inspectors, with building material samples analyzed by an independent laboratory.
Based on the inspection, WLHS prepared and the state approved a comprehensive management plan of the asbestos. Where the asbestos-containing materials are found, WLHS has in place an Operations and Maintenance program. WLHS has accomplished the following compliance mandates regarding the management of asbestos in school buildings: • Environmental Management Consulting, Inc. (EMC) was contracted to be the school’s consultant for asbestos for the school year. • WLHS continues with the Operations and Maintenance Program as designed. This ensures that all asbestos materials are kept in good condition. • Periodic “surveillance” in each area containing asbestos has been completed every six months by our consultant. Also, the buildings are re-inspected by an accredited inspector every three years. • In the past year, WLHS conducted four (4) asbestos removal activities. • All outside contractors shall contact the lead maintenance person before commencing any work that may disturb building materials.
Our goal at WLHS is to be in full compliance with asbestos regulations. A copy of the Asbestos Management Plan is available for review by contacting the WLHS Designated Asbestos Coordinator, Trinity Home Group Site Manager Mark Baggenstoss at 414-453-4567 ext 1201. Questions related to this plan or any other asbestos concerns may be directed to him as well.