Faculty Advisor

Doyle, James K.


In March of 1998, the accidental discovery of asbestos in Saugus High School quickly escalated into a widespread panic. This panic only worsened when additional schools were inspected, some of which were closed for a short time, or even condemned. With an Operations and Maintenance program in place designed to control asbestos before it becomes a health risk, such a crisis was still unavoidable. This study focuses on the asbestos crisis in Saugus. Why were these problems not detected sooner? What role did the School Department and Town Officials play in preventing this problem from occurring, or were they aware of the situation and able to legally avoid it under current legislation? What legislation governs the actions of these entities? What steps need to be taken to ensure that this problem will not arise again in the future?


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 1999

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies