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Asbestos in U.S. Schools

When selecting a school for your child, you might take several things into consideration: comfortable classrooms, new sports facilities, and high-tech libraries usually make the wish list. What most parents do not consider before selection is the presence of asbestos.


All over the United States, schools of different levels are dealing with their share of asbestos problems.

Two multibillion dollar school bonds were approved in 2009 for San Diego city schools. $1 billion has been spent on renovations and construction, but "... thus far, student technology, athletic stadiums and other ribbon cutting-worthy projects have taken priority over urgently needed but less visible repairs, like leaky roofs, stuffy classrooms and asbestos."

While these amenities make schools seem state-of-the-art, the truth is that asbestos could be present in the floor tiles, insulation, and other areas of older classrooms and buildings that have yet to receive attention. Today, teachers are some of those most at risk for a mesothelioma diagnosis, due to teaching in dangerous conditions, day after day, year after year.

Don't be afraid to ask your child's school what they are doing to remedy their asbestos problems, if any. Asbestos exposure can lead to serious and fatal conditions, like mesothelioma, asbestos, and other respiratory problems.

Source: Voice of San Diego


We just did a Good Faith on a school with reviewing previous AHERA report and found missed issues. Asbestos is serious and we recommend alternating companies for the AHERA surveys performed on schools. Districts need to have a little better education on this.

So true. Keeping students safe from toxins should be a top priority for schools, yet we see other projects and renovations taking precedent all of the time. We hope spreading awareness helps remedy this! Thank you for your comment, Seattle Inspector.

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