Health & Safety Committee Members
Committee Main Contact - Daniel Holcomb
Committee Chairperson - Terry Zerwas
Committee Vice-Chairperson - Ginny Verbrugge
Lead In Water
STMA has a Lead In Water Management Plan. Districts must have a plan and test every five years per state statute. The plan is reviewed annually. The plan involves sampling potable water sources (250ml) and analyzed by an accredited testing laboratory, using EPA approved analytical methods and quality control procedure (ICP/MS EPA Method 200.8). Water sampling of the identified potable water sources is conducted as a “first draw” sample prior to usage on the day of sampling. The water taps included in the first draw sampling should not be used for 6-18 hours prior to sampling.
Sampling began during the 2001-2002 school year and will continue every five years thereafter. St. Michael-Albertville school district tested four schools in the 2013-2014 school year and the other four schools in the 2014-2015 school year. The results in 2013-2014 testing showed two potable water sources with levels above the recommended 20 ppb threshold. The water sources were retested and the results were below the 20 ppb threshold (The fixtures were replaced). The results in 2014-2015 testing showed one potable water source with levels above the recommended 20 ppb threshold (The fixture was replaced and the water source is not for drinking or food preparation). Should levels of lead in water be detected at or above the acceptable threshold limit, the district would investigate and implement corrective measures to reduce occupant exposure.
The district will conduct LIW testing in FY19 for Albertville Primary, Big Woods, Middle School West, and Middle School East and in FY20 for Fieldstone, Community Ed, St. Michael Elementary, and STMA High School.
Radon Management Plan
The district is not required to take samples or have a plan. However, we have taken samples and have a Radon Management Plan. The plan is reviewed annually. The plan involves conducting air sampling for the presence of radon using a long-term (>90 day) radon alpha track detector. The selection of sample locations is based on risk factors which may influence the likelihood of the presence of radon such as basement level spaces or rooms with access to crawl space air plenums. Sampling began during the 2005-2006 school year and is conducted every five years. The most recent round of testing throughout the district occurred during the 2014-2015 school year. The results showed no levels above the recommended 4 pCi/L threshold. Should levels of radon be detected at or above the acceptable threshold limit, the district would investigate and implement corrective measures to reduce occupant exposure.