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Asbestos Concerns During Renovations for a Healthy School Environment

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Why It's Important

  • Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that's toxic and a known carcinogen. It has been widely used in construction materials, such as roofing and siding shingles, pipe and boiler insulation, and floor and ceiling tiles. Learn more about asbestos.
  • Intact, undisturbed asbestos-containing materials (ACM) generally do not pose a health risk. ACM are a problem when they deteriorate or are disturbed (e.g., during renovation) and asbestos fibers get in the air and are inhaled by building occupants.
  • Three specific diseases – asbestosis, lung cancer, and another cancer known as mesothelioma – have been linked to asbestos exposure. 

What You Can Do


EPA and Federal Partners

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National Organizations

  • Asbestos in Schools: Resource List by the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities offers an annotated list of links, books and journal articles on how asbestos abatement and management is conducted in school and university facilities, and how schools may comply with federal regulations.

State and Local Entities

  • Asbestos in Schools on the Connecticut Department of Public Health reviews facility requirements, links to regulations and offers newsletters and resources for schools to manage asbestos.