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The mission of the AHERA program is to protect students, their families, educators and staff from exposure to asbestos in schools. To prevent exposure to asbestos in school buildings, AHERA requires all public and non-profit schools inspect each school building for asbestos containing building material and prepare an asbestos management plan to prevent disturbance of asbestos. DSHS strives to carry out the AHERA mission efficiently, effectively, fairly and professionally with respect and dedication to all Texans.



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Whether your school is knowledgeable about AHERA or new to the AHERA requirements, get started through the AHERA Resources.  

* AHERA requirements apply to all public and private non-profit schools. Private for-profit schools are exempt.


Submit AHERA Management Plans for new schools or buildings to:

Policy Standards & Quality Assurance Unit
Environmental Hazards Group – MC 1987
Texas Department of State Health Services
P.O. Box 149347
Austin, TX 78714-9347

For questions about AHERA contact:
Tenessa Rodriguez, AHERA Compliance Specialist
Phone: (512) 834-6787, Extension 2583


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Last updated July 31, 2014