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Facilities Planning

AHERA Surveillance Requirement


Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) Surveillance Requirement

At least once every six months following the implementation of the AHERA management plan, an LEA must conduct periodic visual surveillance of asbestos-containing building material (ACBM) and assumed ACBM in each building that they lease, own, or otherwise use as a school building (Section 763.92(b)). The name of the person performing the surveillance, the date, and any changes noted in the condition of the asbestos must be recorded for each surveillance conducted (Section 763.94(d)).

Although periodic surveillance may coincide with the upcoming triennial AHERA reinspection, keep in mind that surveillance cannot serve as the triennial reinspection (Section 763.85(b)). The following chart illustrates the major causes of this distinction.

Periodic Six Month Surveillance Triennial Reinspection

May be performed by anyone. Must be performed by a New York State Certified Inspector/Management Planner. 

Visual inspection only of ACBM. The Inspector must "look at and touch asbestos-containing material to assess its condition."

Should you have questions regarding the AHERA surveillance or triennial reinspection, you may contact your local BOCES Health and Safety Office.