ERIC Number: ED177676
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
Oversight Hearings on Asbestos Health Hazards to Schoolchildren. Hearings before the Subcommittee on Elementary, Secondary, and Vocational Education of the Committee on Education and Labor. House of Representatives, Ninety-Sixth Congress, First Session on H.R. 1435 and H.R. 1524 (January 8, 16, and February 22, 1979).
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Education and Labor.
Testimony and prepared statements presented during three days of hearings in January and February, 1979, concern the problems of asbestos in school buildings. Medical research indicates that the inhalation of asbestos dust vastly increases a person's chances of contacting fatal diseases such as lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. Asbestos materials were heavily used in school construction between the years 1946 and 1972. Most of the regulations and safety procedures concerning asbestos apply only to industrial settings. The purpose of the hearings was to establish a program for the inspection of schools for the presence of asbestos materials, to provide funds for the testing and evaluation of potential hazards, and to create a loan program to assist in the containment or removal of imminent hazards to health and safety. Testimony was offered by several nationally recognized experts in the field of asbestos control, particularly in relation to schools. Other witnesses are from federal agencies, and state and local school groups who have been working on the problem. Several companies that have been involved in the manufacture or installation of asbestos materials shared their expertise, as did legal experts who have criticized current regulatory efforts as inadequate. The text for each bill is included. Both H.R. 1435 and H.R. 1524 are cited as the "Asbestos School Hazard Detection and Control Act of 1979." (Author/MLF)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Education and Labor.