CHICAGO — While children from a summer camp and a drivers'' education program were present, two school custodians lacking certification for asbestos work removed and improperly disposed of floor tiles comprised of the cancer-causing material, according to a press release.
Their actions — which took place last summer — have resulted in a $2,500 fine to the school district and worries that children, workers and others nearby were exposed to asbestos, the release noted.
At the school — Lakeland High School
in New York''s Lower Hudson Valley — the custodians removed detached and damaged tiles containing asbestos from up to 10 classrooms, as reported by the New York State Department of Labor
: Neither of the custodians was licensed to dispose of the material, violating state asbestos regulations, the release stated.
According to the release, any removal of asbestos-containing material must be performed according to strict guidelines designed to reduce the risk of asbestos exposure and, ultimately, the possibility of diseases like mesothelioma.