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Annual Hazardous Materials Notification For Parents & Staff

Asbestos Containing Building Materials (ACBM)

The EPA requires the district to notify, on an annual basis, all parents and staff of the presence of asbestos containing materials in district buildings constructed after 1988 (October 12, 1988).  A Management Plan containing the original inspection conducted in 1988 and all subsequent reinspections, is located in each school’s administrative office and in the Safety Office at Lincoln Center.  Anyone is welcome to view the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) Management Plans during normal school and office hours.

Additionally, the 2012 reinspection of all ACBMs in CHCCS buildings has been completed.  Copies of these reinspection reports have been placed in each school’s Management Plan booklet.

Pesticide Use

CHCCS uses pesticides as a final resort.  Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a process for managing, preventing and suppressing pests with minimal impact on human health and the environment.  CHCCS hires outside pest-control contractors who are required to follow IPM procedures.

One of the requirements of the Schoolchildren’s Health Act of 2006, included in General Statute 115C-47 section 45, is that principals are notified at least 72 hours in advance when certain pesticides or herbicides are going to be applied on their campuses.  This notification is required anytime CHCCS uses any pesticide or herbicide that is rated an EPA level of 3, 2 or 1.  CHCCS uses no level 1 or 2 products (the most hazardous) so only level 3 compounds are impacted.  The compounds used by CHCCS dry quickly and are completely tack free two to four hours after application.  Once dry, the treated areas can be safely reoccupied.  EPA level 3 compounds require a prolonged and extreme exposure for any physical reaction to take place.

All parents or guardians must contact their school’s principal if they are requesting 72 hour notifications be sent directly to them.  The notice may be provided by phone call or e-mail.  All 72 hour notifications are also posted on the district’s Safety website (see address below).

Notice of nonscheduled pesticide use should be made at least 72 hours in advance, to the extent possible.  Records of pesticide use are maintained in the Safety Office at Lincoln Center.  For more information, see Policy 9205: Pest Management.

IPM is at its best when teachers, students, employees and contractors work together.

For More Information

David Tinker, the district’s safety officer, is available to answer any questions parents and staff may have about asbestos and pesticides.  He may be contacted at 919.967.8211, ext. 28240 or at dtinker@chccs.k12.nc.us.