Responsibilities of Local Education Agencies
for Asbestos in Schools
Local education agencies* (LEAs) must safeguard children from airborne
asbestos fibers in schools. This brochure provides a brief summary of an
LEAs responsibilities for asbestos inspections, reinspections, abatement
projects, non-friable floor tile removal, management plans and record keeping
Responsibilities of the LEA
Illinois Asbestos Abatement Act and Code requires a designated person
in each LEA to oversee all asbestos management plan activities. This person
must receive adequate training, as required by the federal Asbestos Hazard
Emergency Response Act (AHERA), about asbestos and its various uses and forms
and about the health effects associated with asbestos exposure. He or she also
must know the locations of asbestos-containing building material (ACBM)
identified in school buildings and recognize deterioration and delamination of
ACBM. The person also should be aware of the availability and location of the
schools management plan and have knowledge of upcoming renovation
projects to determine if they will impact asbestos-containing materials (ACM).
Each LEA shall ensure the following:
- Anyone who conducts any inspections, reinspections or abatement projects;
develops or updates management plans; or performs operations and maintenance
that will disturb ACM are licensed asbestos professionals.
- All custodial and maintenance staff have received two-hour asbestos
awareness training and 14 hours of operations and maintenance training as
described in AHERA.
- The parents, teachers and employee organizations are notified on an annual
basis of all inspections, response actions and periodic surveillance that are
planned or in progress in regard to asbestos in each school building.
- Short-term workers (e.g., telephone repair workers, utility workers or
exterminators) are informed of the locations of ACBM in school buildings.
- Warning signs are posted immediately adjacent to ACM in routine maintenance
areas that state, Danger. Asbestos. Hazardous. Do Not Disturb Without
Proper Training and Equipment.
- Parents, teachers and employee organizations are notified in writing on an
annual basis of the availability of the schools asbestos management plan.
- The management plans are available for inspection in each school and the
- Records are properly maintained.
- Each management plan contains a statement, signed by the designated person,
that certifies the LEAs responsibilities have been or will be met. The
statement needs to be amended for each new designated person chosen by the LEA
and notification of such changes sent to the Illinois Department of Public
Health on the Assurance Form (available from IDPH).
- Reinspections are conducted at least once every three years after a
management plan is in effect and the school reinspection form is sent to the
Department within 30 days after the inspection.
Record Keeping Requirements of the LEA
The LEA is required to ensure that appropriate records are kept for each
activity that may disturb asbestos. These activities include periodic
surveillance, cleaning, operations and maintenance activities, major response
actions and fiber release episodes. The records must be kept in the
buildings management plan. An identical copy of the management plan must
be maintained in the school office and the district office. The management
plans must be maintained for the life of the building.
For each homogeneous area (where a substance is uniform in structure and
composition) undergoing ACM removal, the LEA is required to ensure that records
are retained for six years after completion of the project.
A complete set of asbestos rules can be viewed
here or by
Illinois Department of Public Health
525 W. Jefferson St.
Springfield, IL 62761-0001
TTY (hearing impaired use only) 800-547-0466
* LEAs include (1) any local education agency as defined in
Section 198 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 USC
3381), (2) the owner of any nonpublic, nonprofit elementary or secondary school
building, or (3) the governing authority of any school operated under the
Defense Dependents Education System provided for under the U.S. Defense
Departments Education Act of 1978 (20 USC 921, et seq.).