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February 19, 2018

OC School Closed For Asbestos Removal Reopens

Huntington Beach, CA –

(FOX 11) After months of asbestos cleanup hundreds of students are returning to a Huntington Beach School Tuesday. Oak View Elementary, which closed in the fall, is welcoming back its second through fifth graders.

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Kindergarteners will continue to study at Pleasant View Preschool and first graders will stay at Sun View Elementary for the rest of the school year.

The returning students will study in portable classrooms on the campus until the asbestos cleanup has been finished in the main building.

Asbestos concerns prompted the closure of this school, plus two others in the district, after traces of asbestos were found in classrooms and abated asbestos was found in ceiling tiles.

In a recent meeting, parents shared their concerns about the portable classrooms; asking if they were at risk of containing asbestos. The also wondered where their kids food would be prepared, but for the most part many are happy to have their kids coming back.

The cleanup process is ongoing and Ocean View School District is still coming up with a plan for abatement which will be voted on by the school board.

Hope View And Lake View elementary schools are still closed.

This process is expected to cost the district between $7 to 11 Million dollars.

Kindergarteners will continue to study at Pleasant View Preschool and first graders will stay at Sun View Elementary for the rest of the school year.

The returning students will study in portable classrooms on the campus until the asbestos cleanup has been finished in the main building.

Asbestos concerns prompted the closure of this school, plus two others in the district, after traces of asbestos were found in classrooms and abated asbestos was found in ceiling tiles.

In a recent meeting, parents shared their concerns about the portable classrooms; asking if they were at risk of containing asbestos. The also wondered where their kids food would be prepared, but for the most part many are happy to have their kids coming back.

The cleanup process is ongoing and Ocean View School District is still coming up with a plan for abatement which will be voted on by the school board.

Hope View And Lake View elementary schools are still closed.

This process is expected to cost the district between $7 to 11 Million dollars.

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Asbestos forces Huntington Beach students to classes on other campuses

Students from three Huntington Beach elementary campuses who have been unable to attend school for days because of the risk of exposure to asbestos will return to class Thursday, but in many cases those classes will be in other districts.

The decision to bus the students to other schools was announced at a news conference Tuesday afternoon at the offices of the Ocean View School District in Huntington Beach.

More than 1,300 students from Oak View and Hope View elementary schools will go to seven schools in four districts — including Ocean View, Westminster, Savanna and Centralia — across Orange County.

Nearly 400 students from Lake View Elementary will temporarily attend Harbour View Elementary and Westmont Elementary, both in Huntington Beach.

“We’re hoping to open school with a lot of happy faces” Thursday, said district spokesman Tom DeLapp.

The district is working to remove asbestos above the ceiling tiles at Lake View, Oak View and Hope View. The process could take more than two months, but the district is aiming to expedite the process, DeLapp said.

Test results at Lake View showed asbestos in two classrooms, the Huntington Beach Independent reported.

At Hope View, a sample taken in one classroom contained a single asbestos fiber collected under a tile that appeared to have been drilled into in order to run television wires, said Cary Ruben, a certified industrial hygienist.

The district has not yet released test results for Oak View Elementary.

When the three schools were built decades ago, asbestos — a mineral — was used as fireproofing on metal beams above the ceilings. Over time, asbestos dust began to fall from the beams and settle on classroom ceiling tiles, district records show.

Though the presence of asbestos that hasn’t been disturbed isn’t harmful, it can become a hazard when high levels of the dust become airborne. Inhaling high levels of asbestos over a long period of time can cause lung disease, experts say.

Parents became concerned about two weeks ago that their children might have been exposed to carcinogenic asbestos dust in their classrooms while the district modernized 11 school sites in a project that began in July.

The district and Cal/OSHA are investigating whether asbestos was being abated after the first day of school.

“These were the three schools that had [construction activity] that was occurring after school started,” DeLapp said. “In our abundance of caution, we’ve decided to close the schools for abatement.”

Oak View and Hope View students will have been out of school for eight days come Thursday. Lake View students will have missed six days. Ocean View School District officials have not said how they plan to make up the lost days of instruction.

“Our primary goal is to get kids back in classrooms,” DeLapp said.

Fry is a Times Community News staff writer.

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Asbestos Testing Certificate Awarded to Syracuse NY College

asbestos lawsuit at lawfuel.comSyracuse, New York – The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) in Syracuse, New York has recently been awarded a certification as an official testing facility for air samples by the New York State Department of Health. Named SALTs, the Syracuse Asbestos Laboratory Service will not only be able to test air samples collected from construction zones and schools for asbestos but will be able to provide businesses a clear understanding of the potential hazards in the ambient air.

Structured as a fully-functional business, SALTs is competitive with other certified testing facilities. However, the advantage of SALTs is the close association with SUNY ESF: students will have a first hand experience of analyzing indoor air quality as well as handling the complex equipment required for testing.

Though the acronym directly points to one common, yet dangerous air pollutant – asbestos – SALTs analyzes air samples for a variety of other contaminates. Students and staff of SALTs do not collect air samples but rely on clients to provide the samples for analysis.

Asbestos is a highly toxic, naturally occurring mineral used primarily in building materials before 1980. Virtually every structure built in the middle of the twentieth century in the United States contains some form of asbestos products. Generally, asbestos was combined with other materials such as concrete to strengthen the original material and provide heat insulating properties.

Friable asbestos or asbestos that has become airborne through disturbing or damaging the material poses a considerable health threat. Exposure to friable asbestos can lead to lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma cancer. For any property undergoing construction, knowing whether asbestos is present and whether the asbestos has become airborne is critical. SALTs like other certified testing facilities aims to ensure clients a complete understanding of how toxic the air in a work space is. Working unprotected in an environment with unsafe levels of asbestos or other pollutants is dangerous.

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Asbestos Testing Certificate Awarded to Syracuse NY College

U.K. universities do not tell students about asbestos in dorm rooms

U.K. universities do not tell students about asbestos in dorm rooms

Published: Aug. 27, 2013 at 9:24 AM

LONDON, Aug. 27 (UPI) — Last year, at least 17,000 students in England slept in university bedrooms that contained asbestos, an investigation revealed.

The substance is harmless if left undisturbed, but it can be deadly if it is damaged.

Asbestos is the No. 1 cause of work-related deaths in England, The Guardian reported.

The universities do have asbestos management procedures, but many college representatives said they do not tell students that there is asbestos in their bedrooms.

Students may not report damaged asbestos because they do not know it is there, The Guardian reported.

Of the 88 universities, 38 confirmed that they are providing rooms for students that contain asbestos.

Warwick University said 2,313 of its bedrooms contain asbestos.

“The material containing asbestos in these rooms is fully sealed and completely safe, fully in line with all statutory requirements and good practice,” a spokesman from the college said.

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers said it is concerned about the findings.

“ATL has campaigned hard for a national audit to check for the presence and state of asbestos in all education establishments and for its safe removal. This discovery shows how necessary and urgent this is,” a spokesman said.

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