University Human Resources
Part IV: General Rules
OSHA citation 1910.1001, 1926.58
- Asbestos is a mineral fiber which can have very serious health effects if it is inhaled or ingested.
- Asbestos has been in the workplace in sprayed-on fireproofing on ceilings and beams, as a chalky white insulation on pipes and boilers, for decoration and soundproofing on ceilings, as fireproofing inside doors, as a binder in plasters and drywall finishes, and in some floor tiles.
- Indiana University has a skilled and trained Asbestos Abatement Crew which is primarily responsible for encapsulating, abating and disposing of asbestos-containing materials. Individual craftworkers in other areas of the Physical Plant are also trained to do small scale asbestos work. Only these workers should attempt to disturb, remove or dispose of asbestos or asbestos-containing materials.
Managers and supervisory personnel shall:
- Be responsible for proper certification of all asbestos workers.
- Be responsible for all testing prior to any demolition, abatement, encapsulation or disposal of asbestos or suspected asbestos-containing materials.
- Ensure the health and safety of employees engaged in work in or around asbestos or asbestos-containing materials.
- Monitor the worksite to ensure that all precautions and rules are observed at all times.
Never attempt to clean, encapsulate, remove or dispose of asbestos or asbestos-containing materials without proper training and certification.
- Never attempt to clean, encapsulate, remove or dispose of asbestos or asbestos-containing materials without authorization, knowledge and approval of a manager or supervisor.
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