Washington State University
SAFETY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES MANUAL

CHEMICAL / HAZARDOUS MATERIAL SAFETY
5.22
Revised 12-99
Environmental Health and Safety
335-3041

Asbestos Safety

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HEALTH HAZARDS
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.
RESTRICTIONS
Only certified personnel may remove or disturb asbestos-containing materials.

Promptly report any accidental disturbances of asbestos materials to Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S); telephone 335-3041.
Cleanup
Only state-certified personnel may clean up asbestos materials. See below.
Maintenance
State-certified asbestos workers must maintain installed asbestos products in good repair.
LABELING
Label all known asbestos-containing materials.

Post warnings in all regulated asbestos removal or control areas.
WRITTEN PROGRAM
EH&S maintains the written asbestos program.

Contact EH&S for assistance.
ASBESTOS MATERIALS

Possible Asbestos Materials
Asbestos may be present in the following materials:
Assumed Asbestos Materials
Until a lab analysis proves otherwise, assume that all building materials installed prior to 1980 contain asbestos. These materials include:
Sampling
A state-accredited asbestos inspector must sample all suspect materials prior to any disturbance, including maintenance, remodeling, or demolition.

Contact Facilities Services, Operations to arrange the sampling.
AUTHORIZED WORKERS
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:
HRS maintains copies of the exam records. HRS sends annual reminders to employees to schedule medical surveillance exams.
TRAINING
All employees who could accidentally disturb asbestos-containing materials in the course of their job duties must receive training on:
Contact the EH&S asbestos program coordinator to arrange training.
BRAKE AND CLUTCH REPAIRS
All brake and clutch repairs on motorized vehicles must follow specific work practices related to asbestos safety, as per WAC 296-62-07745, Appendix F.

Contact EH&S for more information; telephone 335-3041.