January 21, 2019

Asbestos workers at Ellet High cause concerns

AKRON, Ohio – A photo of a worker wearing a mask and a hazardous-material suit inside Ellet High School caused some concerns on social media.

The picture above was sent to us from a woman who said she is a parent of an Ellet High School student.

According to the Akron Beacon Journal, the high school community was worried the students may be sitting in asbestos-filled classrooms.

The picture was taken from the hallway by an unidentified Ellet High School student who captured a worker opening a door where loose classroom ceiling tiles had been removed, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.

The Akron Beacon Journal spoke to school officials who said the tiles had been in place for years by plaster containing asbestos. Anything over 1 percent asbestos is regulated.

Rob Boxler, the environmental safety manager for Akron Public Schools, told the Akron Beacon Journal tiles or plaster had been removed from three rooms and students were not in the rooms as workers removed the asbestos.

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Asbestos workers at Ellet High cause concerns

Asbestos testing closes 2 Ocean View schools through Tuesday

Asbestos testing closes 2 Ocean View schools through Tuesday

Two Ocean View School District elementary campuses will be closed through Tuesday while the district conducts tests to determine whether there is evidence of potentially dangerous asbestos inside the Huntington Beach classrooms.

The district’s asbestos reports from the past several years show there is debris in the ceiling tiles at Oak View and Hope View elementary schools. With that in mind, and after complaints from parents about how asbestos has been handled during a construction project, the district decided to temporarily close the schools for further testing, officials said.

Parents were notified last week that testing would take place over the weekend and classes would be canceled Monday and Tuesday.



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  • “In our abundance of caution, we have decided to temporarily close as we wait for the additional test results to be completed and that they have confirmed that no asbestos is present and that there is no risk,” Hope View Principal Carrie Haskin wrote in a letter to parents.

    “We want to assure parents once reports come back that things are safe and their kids are returning to a healthy environment,” said district Assistant Supt. Roni Ellis.

    The district will continue to conduct testing on weekends until all classrooms at all 11 schools have been reviewed, Supt. Gustavo Balderas wrote in a letter to the community. No other schools are scheduled to be closed for testing.

    Parents became aware of the asbestos issue last month when district Trustee John Briscoe filed a complaint with the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health after learning the material was being removed from several district schools during a modernization effort that began in July.

    Asbestos is a mineral fiber that until the 1970s was used in building products and insulation materials. Asbestos fibers from such materials can be released into the air during demolition work, repairs or remodeling. Inhaling high levels of asbestos can increase the risk of lung disease, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

    Though the district maintains that the schools are safe for students, more than 100 people, mostly parents and teachers, attended a community meeting last week to voice their concerns.

    “I have been assured by the hired professional architects, contractors, abatement contractors, construction management and environmental testing companies that the schools are safe,” Balderas wrote. “I have been provided closure reports showing no airborne asbestos after [it] was abated.”

    Still, the district is investigating whether contractors continued to remove asbestos after the school year began in September, possibly putting students at three elementary campuses — Hope View, Oak View and Lake View — in contact with the dust. Cal/OSHA began its own investigation last week, officials said.

    The district will host a special board meeting at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday at the Marine View Middle School gym, 5682 Tilburg Drive, to discuss the school closures.

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    State-only asbestos labelling 'unfair', say principals

    State-only asbestos labelling ‘unfair’, say school principals



    Benjamin Preiss


    Schools found to contain the substance must post signs at their entrances saying an ‘induction’ must be completed before any workis done on the school site. Photo: Paul Jones

    Principals are concerned that asbestos warning signs are worrying parents and damaging the perception of state schools because their Catholic and independent counterparts are exempt from posting them.

    So far 318 state schools have been audited and labelled this year.

    Victorian Principals Association president Gabrielle Leigh said she was concerned parents might mistakenly believe only state school buildings contained asbestos. ”It could be any schools but government schools are being told they have to put the signs up,” she said. Ms Leigh said she’d heard reports of parents avoiding some schools because they thought them unsafe.

    Schools found to contain the substance must post signs at their entrances saying an ”induction” must be completed before any workis done on the school site.


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    After asbestos cleanup, middle school in Uxbridge to reopen today

    UXBRIDGE — Classes will resume at McCloskey Middle School Thursday after a two-day shutdown imposed when asbestos-containing tiles were discovered. A ceiling-to-floor cleaning by a license asbestos abatement contractor has been completed.

    In an email to parents and staff Wednesday, Superintendent Kevin M. Carney said second and final test results found no presence of asbestos fibers in latent dust, nor did they identify any elevated airborne fiber concentrations.

    “We will continue to work with the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Labor Standards, and our environmental analysts at Smith and Wessel in the upcoming weeks to ensure that we are in compliance with all regulations and to ensure the safety of our staff and students,” Mr. Carney said in the email. “There is nothing more serious than health and safety concerns and I will be working closely with these agencies in the days and weeks ahead to determine additional safety measures that we can take.”

    Parents were notified in emails and phone messages Monday night that the middle school, which houses Grades 6, 7 and 8, would be closed Tuesday. The notifications came after environmental tests showed that flooring material removed over the summer contained asbestos. The hazardous material was also present in tiles found last week in the Dumpster behind the school.

    School officials later decided to keep the school closed a second day so the extensive cleaning could take place.

    Dear McCloskey Middle School Families and Staff:

    I am writing to inform you that school will be open for McCloskey Middle School students and staff on Thursday, October 10. The second and final test results do not identify the presence of asbestos fibers in the latent dust nor any elevated airborne fiber concentrations.

    Thank you for your patience and I hope that McCloskey students and staff are able to return to their daily routines tomorrow.


    Kevin Carney Superintendent of Schools

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    After asbestos cleanup, middle school in Uxbridge to reopen today

    The Danger of Asbestos in Schools

    CHICAGO, Jan. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Asbestos was commonly used in schools as insulation and in building materials, such as drywall, floor/ceiling tile, applied fireproofing spray, and piping/boiler insulation. Undisturbed asbestos materials generally do not pose a health risk to students and teachers. However, over time asbestos materials can become hazardous due to deterioration or damage.

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    If asbestos containing materials are disturbed, (e.g. during the installation, maintenance, or removal process), asbestos fibers may become airborne and pose a health threat to students, teachers and other employees within the schools. Once asbestos fibers are inhaled or swallowed, the risk of getting an asbestos related disease, such as asbestosis or mesothelioma, also increases. Student exposure to asbestos in schools is particularly concerning because once the fibers accumulate in the lungs, the latency period between asbestos exposure and the onset of symptoms can take as long as 20 to 50 years.

    The federal government has been regulating the use of asbestos in schools since the 1980’s. Schools now have regulatory requirements and management plans to reduce the risk of potential asbestos exposure for students and teachers. However, until the presence of asbestos in schools is eliminated entirely, many believe it will continue to pose a health risk.

    Parents, teachers, students, and service workers have the right to inspect the school’s asbestos management plans. It is important to learn about the school’s response actions, the location of asbestos within the school, and any action taken to repair or remove the asbestos-containing material. As part of schools asbestos management plan, they are required to make certain information publicly available, including, but not limited to:

    Blueprints that identify the location of any asbestos-containing materials that remain in the school;

    A description of the planned response action in the event of asbestos materials being disturbed;

    The preventive measures taken to reduce asbestos exposure;

    A report of steps taken to inform workers, teachers, and students about inspections, and re-inspections;

    A copy of the analysis of any building material being tested.

    Although progress is being made to limit the uses of asbestos and to identify the hazardous materials in schools, one of the most important things you can do as a parent, teacher, or student is to stay up-to-date on your school’s asbestos conditions. For more information contact the asbestos hotline at (800) 471-7127. You can also visit EPA’s website at 




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