Asbestos Management Plan

  • In the past, asbestos was used extensively in building materials because of its insulating, sound absorbing, and fire retarding capabilities. Virtually any building constructed before the late 1970s contained some asbestos. Intact and undisturbed asbestos materials generally do not pose a health risk, but can become hazardous when, due to damage or deterioration over time, they release fibers. If the fibers are inhaled, they can lead to health problems, such as cancer and asbestosis.

    In 1986, Congress passed the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act, which requires schools to be inspected to identify any asbestos-containing building materials. Suspected asbestos-containing building materials were located, sampled (or assumed) and rated according to the condition of the potential hazard. Every three years, the Mukilteo School District conducts a reinspection to determine whether the condition of the known or assumed asbestos-containing material has changed, in order to make recommendations on managing or removing the material. At the last reinspection, conducted in the summer of 2016, all materials listed in the management plan as asbestos-containing (or assumed to be asbestos-containing) were reinspected and found to be in fair to good condition.

    The law further requires each school district to have an Asbestos Management Plan. The Mukilteo School District developed a plan, as required, which has been continually updated. The plan has several ongoing requirements, including the following: 1) publish a notification on management plan availability and the status of asbestos activities; 2) educate and train its employees about asbestos and how to deal with it; 3) notify short-term or temporary workers of the locations of the asbestos-containing building materials; 4) post warning labels in routine maintenance areas where asbestos was previously identified or assumed; 5) follow set plans and procedures to minimize the disturbance of asbestos-containing building materials; and 6) survey the condition of these materials every six months to assure that they remain in good condition.

    The following buildings have no asbestos-containing building material; therefore, no operations and maintenance programs or future inspections are required: Challenger Elementary School, Columbia Elementary School, Discovery Elementary School, Endeavour Elementary School, Harbour Pointe Middle School, Horizon Elementary School, Kamiak High School, Lake Stickney Elementary School, Odyssey Elementary School, Serene Lake Elementary School, Voyager Middle School, District Support Services Center, and the District facilities located at 525 W. Casino Road in Everett. During the past year, the remainder of the asbestos-containing building materials in the Building C (gymnasium building) was abated at Olympic View Middle School, 2602 Mukilteo Speedway in Mukilteo. At ACES High School, Portable E has been fully abated and demolished, making room for a new portable for math and science. It is the intention of the Mukilteo School District to comply with all federal and state regulations controlling asbestos and to take whatever steps are necessary to ensure students and employees a healthy and safe environment in which to learn and work. You are welcome to review a copy of the Asbestos Management Plan in the Mukilteo School District Support Services Center or in the administrative office of the school during regular business hours. All inquiries regarding the asbestos plan and asbestos-related issues should be directed to 425-356-1330.

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