Asbestos Monitoring and Consulting: Lookingglass School

Asbestos—a mineral fiber often found in building materials and floor tiles—is a known human carcinogen as defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Under the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA), public school districts and non-profit schools are required to inspect their schools for asbestos-containing building materials, prepare risk management plans, and take action to prevent or reduce asbestos hazards. A professional who knows how to test and mitigate asbestos can help schools better structure their risk management plans and protect students and faculty. 

Take the Lookingglass Elementary School in Oregon as an example. When school officials became aware of asbestos after a fire destroyed their gymnasium, they requested a G2 professional to confirm where exactly it was. This was a necessary step to take before beginning to rebuild the gymnasium—the risk of asbestos exposure is greater during renovations.

The G2 professional tasked to perform asbestos testing followed G2’s standard operations—collecting samples of the affected area, sending them to certified laboratories for analysis, and providing critical next steps based upon findings. G2’s unique and practical recommendations strive to improve the indoor environment, meet regulatory requirements, and keep building occupants safe. 

G2’s asbestos testing services can be requested for schools, offices, and a wide variety of facilities. Read the case study to learn how G2’s expertise in asbestos testing helped the Lookingglass School officials implement safety protocols and safely move forward with the renovation of the gymnasium.