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Back to School Dangers: Asbestos Exposure

Of all the dangers your child might face at school, asbestos exposure should not be one of them. Unfortunately, asbestos recently has been found to pose a danger to students, teachers, and other employees in schools across the country.

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The regulations of the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act have been put into place by the Environmental Protection Agency to protect students and employees from exposure at school. Schools around the country are required to inspect their buildings for asbestos-containing building material, as well as prepare management plans and take action to prevent or reduce asbestos hazards. Schools do not always follow these regulations, though.

Several workers at the University of California at Davis recently revealed that they had been instructed by management to drill into asbestos-containing materials, releasing asbestos fibers into the air and ventilation system, despite knowing the associated dangers. Students had been present in older school buildings during the drilling.

Nearly two thousand students have been displaced during the abatement process of three Orange County elementary schools, but there is no telling how many students across the country face exposure every day. The Washington Posts reports, "no one knows how many schools now contain asbestos."

Is your son or daughter safe from asbestos at school? Don't hesitate to reach out to your school or school district to ensure they are doing all they can to protect your child from exposure.

EPA | Washington Post

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