NOTICE TO STUDENTS, STAFF, AND VISITORS
On August 23, 2013, asbestos was discovered in the gymnasium lobby & concession stand at Hinsdale Central High School. Tented glove bag removal of asbestos-containing thermal insulation materials are scheduled for September 13th – 15th at Hinsdale Central High School. The abatement work area is restricted and available to authorized personnel only. The abatement area is restricted to approximately 35 linear feet of piping and 10 square feet of tile.
Signs will be posted identifying the restricted area. The asbestos is undisturbed and is confined. The gymnasium concessions stand and ticket booth, where asbestos was discovered have been and continue to be a restricted area. The asbestos discovered in Athletic Locker Room A is undisturbed and is not a hazard to students, staff, or visitors. The abatement will require Athletic Locker Room A to be closed for one day, Tuesday September 10. Students and staff will be given notice of the closure 18 hours in advance. The Athletic Locker Room is open and safe for students to use at this time. This asbestos is also currently confined and undisturbed.
Please contact Mr. Patrick Hurley, Director of Buildings & Grounds, at 630 570 8180, if you have a questions or concerns.
Questions You May Have
1. Who will be conducting the abatement?
Environmental Services, Inc., an engineering, consulting, and testing firm, will be supervising and monitoring the project completed by Environmental Hazard Control Industry Incorporated. The design / monitoring firm is located locally has completed numerous projects with the District 86 for the last 27 years. They perform this work for several premier hospitals and educational facilities nationwide without incident. All of the work is within the current construction area with barriers currently in place. The abatement method supervision and monitoring will be performed by an environmental health engineer and a trainer with 32 years experience in the field. The safety of our students and staff is the highest priority and we will maintain that level of safety with this project as we have with past projects.
2. Has abatement occurred on the campus at Hinsdale Central in the past?
Yes, as is common with a building of this age, Hinsdale Central has contracted on numerous occasions for projects of this nature. In May of 2000 we abated classrooms after a Mothers' Day weekend fire exposed asbestos in the Math Department classrooms. In addition, between September 24 - 26, 2002, we abated the radio station room, after construction discovered asbestos. We have and will continue to manage these projects in a manner that is safe for students, staff, and visitors. Students and staff have been on campus for projects of this nature, always with safety and health factors in mind.
3. Are students, staff, and/or visitors at risk of exposure to asbestos?
No, the asbestos discovered in the construction areas are undisturbed, will be restricted during the abatement, and will be handled with care according to all environmental rules and procedures by a licensed contractor.
4. Is there an inconvenience for the students and staff during the abatement project?
Yes, Athletic Locker Room A will be closed for one day, Tuesday September 10. Students and staff will be given advance notice of the closure.