Asbestos Management

South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo) Meets Requirements for Managing Asbestos

South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo) is required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to maintain a plan for managing all building materials that contain asbestos.  SoWashCo is in full compliance with the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act, and inspects all materials for damage every six months.  SoWashCo also performs a major quantitative re-inspection every three years, per EPA rules.

During the summer of 2020, SoWashCo conducted asbestos abatements at Woodbury Middle School in conjunction with construction projects and window replacement. All work was performed by a Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) licensed abatement contractor and followed all State and Federal required air monitoring requirements.

Please note that the presence of asbestos in a school does not endanger the health of building occupants. It is our policy to work closely with our environmental consultant regarding the maintenance or removal of all asbestos-containing materials in the district.

Asbestos projects will also occur during this school year and next summer as construction projects dictate. Details on the locations, condition, and type of asbestos-containing materials and copies of building management plans are available at each building and at the District Office. Please feel free to direct any questions about asbestos or any safety issue to the Health & Safety Office at (651) 425-6277.