Under the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act, the U.S. EPA requires each elementary and secondary school to perform an inspection for asbestos-containing building materials and to prepare management plans to prevent or reduce asbestos hazards.
Public school districts and non-profit private schools are subject to these requirements. This includes charter schools and schools affiliated with religious institutions.
The AHERA regulations further require a Surveillance Report every six months and a Comprehensive Reinspection every three years. The Reinspection period provides an excellent opportunity for schools to re-evaluate and update their programs for managing asbestos. Copies of the reports are to be sent to:
Tennessee Department of Education
710 James Robertson Pkwy.
6th Floor; Andrew Johnson Tower
Nashville, TN 37243
Toxic Substance Program, Tennessee Environment and Conservation, conducts compliance monitoring inspections at LEAs throughout the state. To find out more information about the federal AHERA program, enacted in 1986, and the EPA Health School Environment Program Click here.
Asbestos Accreditation Program: Rule Chapter 1200-01-20 Asbestos Accreditation Requirements became effective June 23, 2009 in Tennessee for training providers, training courses, firms and asbestos professionals.
Click here for searchable database of accredited training providers, firms and asbestos professionals in Tennessee.