The primary purpose for the meeting was to approve work to be done to remove asbestos from underneath the gymnasium floor at Meridian High School.
MHS is now in the process of installing a new gym floor.
The board's next regularly scheduled meeting is July 21 at 5:30 at Central Office in downtown Meridian.
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- Asbestos is the name of a group of minerals that occur naturally in the environment.
- Asbestos deposits are mined in Australia, Canada, South Africa and the former Soviet Union.
- Asbestos differs from other minerals in its crystal development, which are long, thin fibers that are very strong and resistant to heat and chemicals.
- Asbestos was added to many older building materials including floor tiles, ceiling tiles, insulation on pipes and ducts, acoustical and decorative coatings and roofing materials.
- Many buildings with have asbestos, in those materials (mentioned above) if installed before 1980.
- When left intact and undisturbed, these materials do not pose a health risk to building occupants.
- Adverse health effect from asbestos are the result of long-term exposure to high concentration of airborne fibers.
- People who have been exposed to asbestos and are also exposed to cigarette smoke, have a greater risk of developing lung cancer than someone who does not smoke.
- It is not necessary to remove all asbestos containing materials from a building to assure a safe workplace. The EPA recommends a practical approach that protects the health of building occupants, which includes locating and identifying hazardous asbestos materials in buildings and plan for proper removal of the material.
Source: University of Louisville Department of Environmental Health and Safety contributed to this report.