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Environmental Health

Zach L. Nannestad
Environmental Health Manager
303-387-0467

2806 North Highway 85
Castle Rock, CO, 80109
Building A  

Asbestos Management Program

Douglas County School District is in compliance with the requirements set forth by the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act.

The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) requires that each Local Education Agency (LEA):

  • Perform inspections to identify asbestos-containing materials in each of the schools under its authority
  • Develop, implement and update asbestos management plans
  • Take appropriate response actions
  • Safely maintain asbestos-containing building materials (ACBM)
  • ​Comply with AHERA's recordkeeping requirements

Notification about inspections, re-inspections, abatements, periodic surveillances, and the location and availability of the management plan is required annually.

This web page is DCSD’s format for notification.

Management Plan Notifications

All Douglas County School District sites are required to maintain an Asbestos Management Plan at each site for that site. This includes sites that do not contain asbestos containing material (ACM). In these cases the management plan accounts for the lack of ACM and a signed letter from the sites’ architect and general contractor stating that asbestos was not used in the construction of that particular school is within the management plan. For schools that contain ACM, the management plan contains the original inspection, sample results, all subsequent re-inspections, periodic surveillances, and notifications. Basically, this management plan “manages” all aspects of asbestos at that particular school. This management plan is available to all interested parties with an affiliation to the school. Please feel free to request to view the management plan at the front office of the school. Notifications regarding the existence of these plans will occur on an annual basis. This webpage and the precursory links distributed out into the school district to this webpage constitute the annual notification.

Support Buildings Asbestos Management Plans

Normally the Asbestos Management Plan is kept in the front office of the particular site that it manages. However, in the cases of the support building's mentioned below, they do not regularly have a front office or an individual responsible for the management plan and its storage. The full management plan for these support building's will be kept at the Environmental Health Managers office located at 2806 N. Highway 85 in Castle Rock. If you have a desire to view the Management plan please feel free to contact the EHM at 303-387-0467, or you can email him at zach.nannestad[at]dcsdk12[dot]org
  • Cantril Building
  • Wilcox Building
  • West Terminal Bldg A, O&M
  • West Terminal Bldg B, West Transportation
  • West Terminal Bldg C & D, O&M Shop
  • West Terminal Bldg E, Nutrition Services
  • West Terminal Bldg F, Bus Wash
  • North Terminal (former Plum Creek Academy)
  • DCHS Stadium
  • West Support Center
  • Sports Authority Stadium
  • O&M East

Asbestos Impacting Projects/Construction

Any future abatement or ACM impacting construction projects will be addressed for public viewing in this section.
 

August 2014 – An asbestos containing material abatement occurred for North Ridge Elementary, Pine Lane Intermediate, Douglas County High School, and Mountain View Elementary. The abatements were successful in their scopes. For additional information regarding these abatements please contact the Environmental Health Manager @ 303-387-0467.

August 2013 – An asbestos containing material abatement occurred for Pine Lane Primary, Pine Lane Intermediate, Cantril Administrative Building and South Ridge Elementary. The abatement was successful in its scope. For additional information regarding these abatements please contact the Environmental Health Manager @ 303-387-0362.

August 2012 – An asbestos containing material abatement occurred for Douglas County High School, Franktown Elementary, South Ridge Elementary, and Acres Green Elementary. The abatement was successful in its scope. For additional information regarding this abatement please contact the Environmental Health Manager @ 303-387-0362.

May 20, 2011 – An asbestos containing material abatement has taken place at the north building of Douglas County High School in Douglas County, Colorado. This abatement included the removal of an asbestos containing auditorium ceiling as part of a building wide life safety upgrade project. The abatement was successful in its scope, performed by Colorado Hazard Control. For additional information regarding this abatement please contact the Environmental Health Manager @ 303-387-0362.

January 5, 2010 – An asbestos containing material abatement has taken place at the south building of Douglas County High School in Douglas County, Colorado. This abatement included the removal of asbestos containing floor tile and tile glue as part of a dance floor installation. The abatement was successful in its scope, performed by Peak Environmental, Inc. For additional information regarding this abatement please contact the Environmental Health Manager @ 303-387-0362.

August 24, 2009 – An asbestos containing material abatement has taken place at both Larkspur Elementary & South Street Elementary in Douglas County, Colorado. This abatement included the removal of asbestos containing floor tile and tile glue as part of planned renovations. The abatement was successful in its scope, performed by Excel Environmental, Inc. For additional information regarding this abatement please contact the Environmental Health Manager @ 303-387-0362.

July 8, 2008 – An asbestos containing material abatement has taken place at Mountain View Elementary in Parker, Colorado. This abatement included the removal of asbestos containing floor tile and tile glue to make room for carpet replacement. The abatement was successful in its scope, performed by EPS Abatement Company. For additional information regarding this abatement please contact the Environmental Health Manager @ 303-387-0362.

Re-inspections/Periodic Surveillances

Following the initial inspection (most occurred in 1989), a re-inspection at each site has occurred at least once every three years following. In between the re-inspections, a periodic surveillance takes place every six months to ensure that all ACM has remained unchanged. Information will be updated in this section to show when re-inspections and periodic surveillances have occurred for DCSD.
 

June 27th, 2013 – The following sites have gone through the 3 year re-inspection of their ACM. Information pertaining to these re-inspections can be found in each schools Asbestos Management Plan (found in the front offices of each site) or by contacting the Environmental Health Manager @ 303-387-0362. The sites are as follows:

  • Cherry Valley Elementary
  • ​Franktown Elementary
  • Sand Creek Elementary
  • Sedalia Elementary
  • Pine Lane Primary
  • Cantril Bldg
  • Northeast Elementary
  • Northridge Elementary
  • Wilcox Bldg
  • South Street Elementary

          Mobile Structures

Mobile # 1 @Pioneer Elementary
Mobile # 109 @West Terminal
Mobile # 22 @Wildcat Mountain Elementary

  • Ponderosa High School
  • ​North Terminal (PCA)
  • Acres Green Elementary
  • Castle Rock Elementary
  • Douglas County High School
  • Sierra Middle School
  • Highlands Ranch High School
  • Larkspur ElementaryPine Lane Intermediate
  • Mountain View Elementary
  • West Terminal Bldg A

 

 

 

 

January 23, 2015 – The following sites have gone through periodic surveillance of their ACM. Information pertaining to these surveillances can be found in each schools Asbestos Management Plan (found in the front offices of each site) or by contacting the Environmental Health Manager @ 303-387-0467. The sites are as follows:

  • Cherry Valley Elementary
  • Franktown Elementary
  • Sand Creek Elementary
  • Sedalia Elementary
  • Pine Lane Primary
  • Cantril Bldg
  • Northeast Elementary
  • Northridge Elementary
  • ​Wilcox Bldg
  • South Street Elementary

  • Ponderosa High School
  • North Terminal (Former PCA)
  • Acres Green Elementary
  • Castle Rock Elementary
  • Douglas County High School
  • Sierra Middle School
  • Highlands Ranch High School
  • Larkspur Elementary
  • Pine Lane Intermediate
  • Mountain View Elementary
  • West Terminal Bldg A

          Mobile Structures

Mobile # 1 @Pioneer Elementary
Mobile # 109 @West Terminal
Mobile # 22 @Wildcat Mountain Elementary

Lead Management Program

Why Do You Need to Be Concerned About Lead? 
Lead (Pb) is a metal found naturally in the environment. Lead was used for many years in products found in and around our homes. Lead also can be emitted into the air from motor vehicles and industrial sources, and lead can enter drinking water from old plumbing materials. Lead poisoning may cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death. Children six years old and under are most at risk. The primary source of Lead Containing Materials (LCM) is lead based paint. Lead containing paints were banned starting January 1st, 1978 for use on residential, schools, and child care facilities.

What we are doing to protect our students and staff?
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a rule requiring the use of lead-safe practices and other actions aimed at preventing lead poisoning. Under the rule, beginning April 22, 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. EPA requires that firms performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in pre-1978 homes, child care facilities and schools be certified by EPA and that they use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers to follow lead-safe work practices. Individuals can become certified renovators by taking an eight-hour training course from an EPA-approved training provider. Douglas County has been trained and certified as a Lead Certified Renovation Firm to accomplish lead renovation and repair on District facilities. For information pertaining to or to view Douglas County School Districts Lead Renovation Firm Certification, Please Contact the Environmental Health Manager @ 303-387-0467.

DCSD Lead Management Program

Sites
Douglas County School District has identified and surveyed all sites within the district that are subject to these two rules:

  1. All sites built prior to January 1st, 1978
  2. Sites housing children under the age of 6

Eight sites have been identified has having some form of LCM on site. These sites are as follows:

  • South Street Elementary
  • Cantril Pre-School
  • Cherry Valley Elementary
  • Larkspur Elementary

  • Sedalia Elementary
  • Acres Green Elementary
  • Pine Lane Intermediate
  • Pine Lane Primary - Mobile #4

A Lead Management Program has been instituted for each of these Eight sites to evaluate, repair, maintain and renovate all LCM identified within the site. All hazardous, accessible LCM has been renovated or encapsulated until such time as removal can be accomplished.

The majority of LCMs in DCSD are not lead containing paints, rather materials or products that are embedded with lead. This drastically reduces the lead hazard since the lead is part of the material rather then painted on top. Examples of these LCMs throughout the district include ceramic tiles, chalk boards, and lead sinks.

To review the LCMs at one of the sites above please visit that school’s main office and request to see the Lead Management Plan for that site or feel free to contact the Environmental Health Manager at 303-387-0467.  

Lead Renovation Projects

Currently, there are not any lead renovations planned in DCSD.  

 

(Picture Source: Environmental Protection Agency)

RADON: What is it and how does it affect Douglas County School District?

Radon has been around for many years and has been recognized by the EPA as a potential hazard since 1984. Radon is a naturally occurring gas. It comes from the breakdown of uranium, which is a natural part of soil and rock. Radon may seep in through cracks and pores in the foundation of a building or facility built on radon-contaminated soil. You can't see, taste, or smell radon. In fact, the only way to discover if high levels of radon are present is through testing. Radon can only cause health issues after years of prolonged exposure.

Radon may be radioactive, but it gives off very little actual gamma radiation. As a result, harmful effects from exposure to radon radiation without actual contact with radon compounds are not likely to occur. Breathing radon does not cause any short-term health effects such as shortness of breath, coughing, headaches, or fever.

Radon is measured in picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L), a form of measurement for radioactive breakdown. The EPA recommends that every residential household and school facility be tested with a desired outcome of less then 4 pCi/L. If the testing shows an exceedance of 4 pCi/L mitigation is recommended. Mitigation efforts can greatly reduce levels of radon in school environments either by preventing it from entering buildings or by venting it out. The most common and usually most effective technique to mitigate radon is through sub-slab depressurization, which involves venting air from beneath the foundation. This is done through a licensed radon mitigation contractor.

Compliance Regulations
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Consumer Protection Division
6 CCR 1010-6 Chapter 10 Section 102

Each school shall have completed radon tests by March 1, 1991. Schools constructed after the effective date of these rules and regulations shall complete radon tests within nineteen months of the date of occupancy. Schools remodeled after the effective date of these rules and regulations shall notify the department of such remodeling in order that the department may assess the need for any additional radon testing.

DCSD Radon Management Program

  

Douglas County School District takes Radon testing and mitigation very seriously. The radon program for DCSD is primarily a maintenance phased program. All schools built prior to 2011 have been tested and/or mitigated and passed with a level below 4 pCi/L.

All new schools built in 2011 or later will be tested within the required 19 months of occupancy, as well as additional square footage added to previously tested schools. DCSD will utilize its radon testing strategy to accomplish radon sampling.

DCSD’s Radon Testing Strategy:
Douglas County School District conducts testing for radon by placing radon sampling canisters in every lower level occupied space within a building. The radon sampling canister contains a charcoal medium which absorbs present radon and holds it for analysis at an accredited laboratory. These canisters, about the size of a hockey puck, are placed upon cabinets and bookshelves, usually in an inconspicuous location and usually out of site of students. This placement limits disruption of the canister during the sampling period. The sampling period is a minimum of 48 hours (2 Days) and a maximum of 96 (4 Days). The canisters are then retrieved, packaged and sent to an accredited laboratory for analysis. Results are available within 10 to 14 days.

Step 1: Initial Testing:
Place Short-term test canisters. (Our short term tests measure a 48 hour period).

If the results show all rooms have passed, then an overall results letter is generated for the school and specific results are kept on file for review.

If, however, we have any levels that exceed the 4 pCi/L recommendation level, DCSD will take initial steps to mitigate these elevated levels. Steps may include ventilation, sealing, and HVAC changes. After proper steps have been taken, follow-up testing occurs.

Step 2: Follow-up Testing:
Place a second short-term test canister in rooms where the initial level is 4 pCi/L or higher.

If the levels previously exceeding 4 pCi/L are now below the standard level, generate an overall results letter for the school and maintain specific results for review.

If the follow-up testing results continue to exceed 4 pCi/L, consider:
-Taking additional steps to lessen the levels such as ventilation and HVAC changes.
-Placing long-term test canisters in these rooms for a better understanding of the school-year average radon level.
-Removing the staff and/or students from the exposed room until levels can be dropped.
-Contract with an outside radon mitigation company to determine next actions.

Step 3: Conduct Tertiary Follow-up Testing:
Repeat steps 1 & 2 as needed.
Radon Mitigation Projects
Currently, Douglas County School District does not have any ongoing radon mitigation projects.

Radon Testing Schedule
Douglas County School District’s radon consulting firm recommends that testing of district buildings should occur following a period of building settlement and ventilation system equilibrium. Evidence has shown that testing a brand new building may result in inaccurate levels. District protocol, as recommended by our radon consultants, is to wait a minimum of 12 months prior to testing to allow for system and building equilibrium.

Radon Testing Results
Every school that has been tested will hold in its front office a letter certifying that radon testing has occurred and all rooms have passed below the 4 pCi/L standard. Specific results for the school will be kept on file at the District Environmental Health Manager’s office. If you would like more information regarding your specific schools radon testing results please see the front office of that school or contact Zach Nannestad, Environmental Health Manager at (303) 387-0467.  

(Picture Source: Montgomery County, MD Dep. of Env. Protection)

Storm Water Management Program

Definitions
Storm water: Storm water runoff occurs when precipitation from rain or snowmelt flows over the ground. Impervious surfaces like driveways, sidewalks, and streets prevent storm water from naturally soaking into the ground. The storm water flows into storm sewer inlets that are located on and near school property.

Polluted Storm water: Storm water runoff that can have many adverse effects on plants, fish, animals, and people.

  • Dirt or sediment from construction projects or erosion cloud water and make it difficult or impossible for aquatic plants to grow. Sediment can also destroy aquatic habitats.
  • Excess nutrients from fertilizer can cause algae blooms. When algae die, they sink to the bottom and decompose in a process that removes oxygen from the water. Low oxygen levels make it impossible for fish and other aquatic organisms to exist.
  • Debris – plastic bags, six-pack rings, bottles, and cigarette butts – washed into water-bodies can choke, suffocate, or disable aquatic life like ducks, fish, and birds.
  • Hazardous wastes like insecticides, pesticides, paint, solvents, and used motor oil can poison aquatic life. Land animals and people can become sick or die from eating diseased fish or ingesting polluted water.
  • Polluted storm water often affects drinking water sources. This, in turn, can affect human health and increase drinking water treatment costs.

What you can do?

  • Sweep up litter and debris from sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots, especially around storm drains.
  • Cover grease storage areas and dumpsters and keep them clean to avoid leaks.
  • Apply fertilizers and pesticides according to label instructions and prevent runoff to storm drains. Avoid overwatering after application.
  • Do not pour water from carpet cleaning, or mop buckets into storm sewers. Only into approved floor drains or utility sinks.
  • Do not allow anything other than rain water to go into the storm drain.
  • Report illegal dumping or suspicious discharges in regards to school district properties to Zach Nannestad, Environmental Health Manager for DCSD, (303)-387-0467. 

(Picture Source: EPA’s After the Storm Brochure)

Frequently Asked Questions about Storm Water

Q: Why is storm water runoff a problem?

A: Storm water can pick up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants on the ground and flow into a storm sewer, which then leads directly to a lake, stream, creek, river, etc. Anything that enters a storm sewer system is discharged untreated into the water bodies we use for swimming, fishing, and providing drinking water.

Q: Is every school district required to implement storm water pollution prevention programs?

A: Yes, every school district with school sites with capacities of more than 1,000 people (students, staff, etc.).

Q: Have other school districts already implemented the program?

A: Yes.  Area school districts include Denver, Boulder, Poudre, and Adams 12 Public Schools.

Q: Will instructional information be made available to the teachers and school staff?

A: Yes, the EPA and CDPHE have provided information for classroom use. This information can be accessed at the following sites:
http://www.epa.gov/OST/KidsStuff
CDPHE Teacher Resources
 

Hazardous Waste Disposal

Douglas County School District takes pride in keeping our students, staff, parents, and visitors safe while they are in our facilities. One way that we can ensure this safety is to properly recycle and dispose of hazardous materials that result from both activities directly in the classroom and from the many support functions in the school or district.

Silver-Rich Fixer Waste

 

A by-product of film development in our photography classes, silver fixer is a valuable and non-renewable resource that can be recovered and recycled from these development processes. In years past these fixer wastes were poured down the sanitary sewer drains, but to minimize silver concentrations in our water systems, local water districts have required some method of silver recovery at photographic processing facilities.

Douglas County Schools that have on site photography processing are required to store and maintain silver fixer for eventual pickup and recycle.

Each photography teacher maintains this program at their specific school and contacts the Environmental Health Manager for proper pickup and disposal.

A request for the pickup and disposal for silver wastes may be completed at:
Request for Hazardous Waste Pickup

Sharps Containers & Medical Waste

  

Many students within Douglas County School District require the daily use of injection needles to take medications, insulin, or allergy shots. As a result, proper storage and disposal of these used needles and medical sharps is paramount.

Each health room within the district has at least one sharps container (red box) that properly stores needles and makes the needles inaccessible once they are inserted into the box. This eliminates potential needle pokes and cross contamination.

Once full, the Health Assistant or Nurse Consultant for that site requests a pickup and replacement container from the Environmental Health Manager (EHM).

Douglas County School District contracts with Colorado Medical Waste to properly dispose of all sharps containers.

In the event that an incident requires the cleanup and collection of copious amounts of bodily fluids or medical wastes, these too will be collected, utilizing strict cleaning and storage protocols to fully sanitize the contaminated area. Bodily fluids could include blood, vomit, and digestive wastes. These medical wastes will be collected, properly contained and immediately picked up for proper disposal.

Request for Sharps Container Pickup/Replacement

Science Grade Materials

 

In Douglas County Schools, both the middle and high schools utilize a wide range of science grade materials to facilitate scientific experimentation and education for our secondary students. As a result, chemicals, solutions, and hazardous byproducts are produced.  Douglas County School District prides itself in our Lab Safety Program by ensuring that all chemical wastes and byproducts are disposed of correctly and safely.

Disposal takes many forms depending on the specific disposal requirements for that product. Many chemicals can be neutralized on site and then disposed of down the sanitary sewer system drains, while others require more delicate disposal and removal. This is done by the district's hazardous waste contract vendor coordinated through the EHM.

Hands on dissection specimens of frogs, sharks, cats, worms, and several other animals are utilized as a teaching tool in many of our secondary schools. These specimens once dissected require specialized disposal to prevent cross contamination. These specimens are disposed of by the districts hazardous waste contract vendor, again coordinated through the EHM.

Request for Hazardous Waste Pickup

Miscellaneous Hazardous Materials

  

Our school’s Building Engineers and Custodial staffs strive to not waste any of the materials they utilize. This provides cost efficient utilization of school resources and eliminates waste. However, periodically, waste is produced and requires proper disposal. Hazardous waste that result from the normal operation of our facilities include paints, cleaning products & by-products, universal wastes such as fluorescent light bulbs and personal use batteries (AAA, AA, C, D, 9 volt, etc).

These items are collected and disposed of by several methods:

  • Hazardous chemicals are collected and recycled by the district’s contract vendor.
  • Fluorescent light bulbs are recycled utilizing special ship away boxes to a certified bulb recycling plant.
  • Batteries are collected and stored until a 55 gallon drum is full and is shipped away for recycling disposal.

Request for Hazardous Waste Pickup

Projector Bulbs

 

The overhead projectors utilized in several of our schools use a specialized projector bulb that contains trace amounts of mercury. These special bulbs have a multi-year shelf life, but require special disposal upon bulb burnout. Douglas County School District collects these bulbs and ships them at no cost to a projector bulb recycler, who refurbishes the expensive bulbs and returns them to the economy.

If you have any questions pertaining to hazardous waste disposal for Douglas County School District, please feel free to contact Zach Nannestad, Environmental Health Manager at 303-387-0467.

(Picture Source: Bristol, VA City Government)

Safety Data Sheets

The documents below are the Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for the products available to our schools from the Douglas County School District logistical warehouse. These sheets represent the chemical products approved for use within ours schools and may be both current and/or previously available products.

The Building Engineer for each site is responsible for the assembling and maintenance of the SDS binder for their respective schools. Individual departments within each school is responsible for their own section such as Art, Nutrition Services, etc. Each time a new product is ordered or maintained on the site the Building Engineer or responsible department is responsible for printing out an SDS from below and attaching it in the SDS binder, which is stored in the front office of each school.

The links below does not speak to the science chemicals that may be stored on site at each middle or high school as part of their Lab Safety Program. The sheets for any science chemicals stored on site will be kept in the school’s Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) located in the front office of each middle or high school. Additionally, the SDS for these science chemicals can be found here:  http://www.flinnsci.com/msds-search.aspx

SDS Binder Contents 

SDS Cover Sheet 
SDS Glossary
SDS Guide

Douglas County School District’s Infection Control Plan 

Potential outbreaks in a school environment can be extremely detrimental to student and staff health, not to mention interruptive to the educational process. The spread of these infections is increased as a result of students and staff interacting with each other in a fairly confined space for hours each day. The various touch points such as doorknobs, handles, sinks, desks/chairs, sporting equipment and books allow microbes to pass from one individual to another seamlessly. The ease of transmission in a school setting requires that all steps should be taken by all levels of Douglas County School District to react, respond, and minimize all potential impacts quickly and effectively.

When an infectious outbreak has already been detected in a school/office setting, steps need to be taken to effectively disinfect the affected surfaces in a timely manner. These actions will not only provide crucial infection elimination and control, but also provide non-infected students, staff, and parent’s peace of mind that infection is not running rampant inside the building. These steps are taken to effectively disinfect impacted school facilities and transportation.

The district’s Infection Control Plan (ICP) is just one element of an overall prevention and response plan. The district and schools should also:

  • Encourage sick students and staff to stay home and seek medical attention for severe illness.
  • Facilitate hand hygiene by supplying soap and paper towels and teaching good hand hygiene practices.
  • Educate students and staff regarding proper respiratory etiquette such as using a tissue or coughing into their arm as opposed to their hand.
  • Be vigilant about cleaning and disinfecting classroom materials and surfaces.
  • Provide messages in daily/weekly/monthly announcements about preventing infectious disease.
  • Adopt healthy practices such as safe handling of food and use of standard precautions when handling body fluids and excretions.
  • Encourage students and staff to get annual influenza vaccinations.

For more information regarding the districts response to potential outbreaks in our schools please contact the Environmental Health Manager at 303-387-0467 or zlnannestad[at]dcsdk12[dot]org

For more information about regarding how Douglas County School District is working with State and Local Authorities regarding the recent Ebola Crisis, Please refer to the resources on the right.