Washington State University
CHEMICAL / HAZARDOUS MATERIAL SAFETY
SAFETY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES MANUAL
Environmental Health and Safety
Asbestos materials are health hazards because:
University employees are to follow the procedures outlined below to prevent
and/or limit exposure to asbestos and potential injuries.
- Inhaled asbestos fibers can be trapped in the lungs, irritate lung
tissue, and cause scarring. This inhibits the lungs' ability to process
- Inhaled asbestos fibers have been linked to cancerous cell growth
in the lungs.
Only certified personnel may remove or disturb asbestos-containing
Promptly report any accidental disturbances of asbestos materials to Environmental
Health and Safety (EH&S); telephone 335-3041.
Only state-certified personnel may clean up asbestos materials.
State-certified asbestos workers must maintain installed asbestos
products in good repair.
Label all known asbestos-containing materials.
Post warnings in all regulated asbestos removal or control areas.
- Contact EH&S for further information concerning payment for asbestos
warning signs and labels; telephone 335-3041.
- EH&S coordinates the posting of asbestos warning signs and labels
with Facilities Operations. Contact EH&S for assistance.
EH&S maintains the written asbestos program.
Contact EH&S for assistance.
Possible Asbestos Materials
Asbestos may be present in the following materials:
Assumed Asbestos Materials
- Pipe insulation, tank insulation, boiler insulation;
- Popcorn ceilings, ceiling tiles;
- Floor tiles, linoleum, mastics;
- Roofing material, transite panels, and sheetrock.
Until a lab analysis proves otherwise, assume that all building
materials installed prior to 1980 contain asbestos. These materials
- All thermal system insulation (e.g., pipe insulation, boiler insulation,
- Sprayed or troweled surfacing material, and
- Asphalt and vinyl flooring.
A state-accredited asbestos inspector must sample all suspect
materials prior to any disturbance, including maintenance, remodeling, or
Contact Facilities Operations to arrange the sampling.
Only employees who have received current state-approved certification
as asbestos workers, asbestos supervisors, or asbestos Class II workers
may remove, cut, abrade, drill, sand, scrape or otherwise deliberately disturb
any asbestos-containing materials.
These employees must have:
- Bi-annual respirator fit tests (see 3.24),
- Annual respirator training (see 3.24),
- Annual certification, and
- Annual medical surveillance exams. Contact Human Resource Services (HRS);
HRS maintains copies of the exam records. HRS sends annual reminders
to employees to schedule medical surveillance exams.
All employees who could accidentally disturb asbestos-containing
materials in the course of their job duties must receive training on:
BRAKE AND CLUTCH REPAIRS
Contact the EH&S asbestos program coordinator to arrange training.
- Identifying possible asbestos-containing materials,
- Preventing asbestos exposure,
- Regulatory requirements,
- Work practices,
- Personal protective equipment, and
- Other topics as required.
All brake and clutch repairs on motorized vehicles must follow
specific work practices related to asbestos safety, as per WAC 296-62-07745,
Contact EH&S for more information; telephone 335-3041.