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What is the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA)?

Since the materials used to build many of the buildings in America contained asbestos, it is not uncommon to find the substance in older schools. Asbestos can often be found in floor and ceiling tiles, acoustical plaster, pipe insulation, and other materials. Fortunately the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act of 1986 (AHERA) exists to protect students and school employees from exposure on campus.

Asbestos Exposure in U.S. Schools

Asbestos, a naturally-occurring mineral that is known to cause life-threatening diseases, is currently present in the thirty-four schools that make up the Hayward Unified School District in California. The presence of the substance puts 20,878 students at risk for exposure.