Davis schools are in compliance with a federally mandated program for cancer-causing asbestos removal, the Environmental Protection Agency found in one of its first spot checks since an October deadline.

In an inspection on Dec. 1, the EPA found no apparent violations to the federal rules that required all school districts to have a asbestos management plan submitted to state officials by Oct. 12 and have a cleanup of the most potentially hazardous asbestos sites. All asbestos must be removed or stabilized by July 1989.The inspection follows a four-year asbestos containment project involving a private consulting firm, Industrial Health Incorporated, and a price tag of $172,000, Dean Penrod, assistant superintendent, told the school board Tuesday night.

During the project, only Antelope Elementary School, West Clinton Elementary School, Mountain High School and 59 portable classrooms were found to be asbestos-free. During inspections of Davis' 133 schools and maintenance shops, asbestos was found in boiler and pipe insulation, boiler gaskets, floor coverings and roofing materials.

"It is unlikely that students will be exposed to asbestos," Michael K. Blumer, of Industrial Health Incorporated, said. "Very little of this material is around most schools. A major risk and potential risk is not found in the school district."

District maintenance personnel will stand a greater risk than students because they will be involved in cleanup efforts and work around mechanical equipment that has asbestos wrappings. Even then, he said there is greater risk of dying from smoking, bicycling or playing high school football than from contracting cancer from asbestos, Blumer said.

Already asbestos has been removed from pipes in 12 schools along with ceiling tiles in another. Repairs have been made to ceiling surfacing and pipe insulation in four other schools. These were found to have the potential to leak asbestos fibers that become easily airborne.

Major cleanup projects during the next year will involve coating Layton High School's sprayed-on ceiling with a hardener, the removal of North Layton Junior High's and Vae View Elementary's sprayed-on ceilings and the removal of ceiling tiles from Viewmont High School and Millcreek Junior High School. The projects are expected to cost between $119,500 and $152,000.

"That is phenomenally low compared to what many school districts will be faced with," Blumer said.

Blumer said in the future, outside of cleanup efforts, district buildings must have six-month inspections by trained district personnel and an inspection by an accredited inspector every three years. Also by 1990 air sampling will be required in five to 13 areas. That could cost as much as $6,500. The district must also keep records on all actions.