Asbestos Abatement Notification

This news item is intended to fulfill an annual regulatory obligation. In compliance with state and federal regulations regarding the presence of asbestos on school properties, Deerfield Academy completed an asbestos survey of the campus in 1989 and, as required, re-inspects identified locations every three years. In addition, we perform a surveillance of each site on a semiannual basis. A copy of our most recent Asbestos Management Plan is available for viewing to all concerned persons between the hours of 9am – 12pm and 1pm – 3pm at the Finance Office located in the basement of the Administration Building at 7 Boyden Lane. A copy of the 1989 survey and subsequent updates is maintained in the Physical Plant Office. 

As part of our on-going obligations, we conducted a routinely planned 3-year re-inspection with the assistance of outside experts during the spring of 2011 and reviewed/updated our written Asbestos Management Plan. Over the past year the academy performed removal of asbestos during renovation projects in the West Gym basement, and in the basements of Barton, Pocumtuck, and Scaife Dormitories. In addition, we removed smaller amounts of asbestos containing materials in other buildings.

For the upcoming fiscal year, we will continue our scheduled maintenance and the removal of any asbestos containing materials which are disturbed during renovations or alterations. It is the intention of Deerfield Academy to comply with all federal and state regulations controlling asbestos and to take whatever steps are necessary to ensure students and employees a healthy and safe environment in which to learn and work. Please feel free to contact David Purington, the Environmental Management Coordinator (413-774-1802) with any questions — he is the Designated Person responsible for coordinating Deerfield Academy’s asbestos program and will welcome any questions regarding our management plan for asbestos.

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