Asbestos Awareness and Work Practices
No employee should be exposed to airborne (friable) asbestos above the limits established by OSHA regulations
29 CFR 1910.1001 for General Industry
29 CFR 1926.58 for Construction
Keys to Compliance for Supervisors
- Presume, until testing indicates otherwise, that buildings built before 1981 contain asbestos
- Do no demolition or repair to such buildings without establishing no friable asbestos is present
- Allow only trained and certified employees to work with asbestos-containing materials
- Make certain employees working with asbestos follow the safe working practices established by OSHA regulations
- Make certain areas where asbestos demolition is occurring are properly posted, and vacated as appropriate
- Provide appropriate equipment and personal protective equipment to ensure the protection of employees working with asbestos
- Ensure that employees at risk of exposure to excessive levels of friable asbestos participate in the medical evaluation and surveillance programs provided by the University.
- Provide appropriate training and certification to employees expected to be involved in asbestos abatement
- Provide asbestos awareness training to all employees who may be exposed to asbestos as a part of their routine work
- Make certain asbestos-containing waste is disposed of per University policies and procedures.
Q. How do I know whether building materials contain asbestos?
A. The material must be tested by a certified laboratory. Contact EHS to determine if this has been done; if not, work with EHS to get the testing done. Note: allow sufficient time for this testing when planning the work.
Q. Which employees are trained and certified to work with asbestos?
A. All abatement personnel are trained and certified. EHS maintains training and certification records of all employees with current training and certification.
Links to written programs, further information