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This program will establish guidelines and procedures in the operations and maintenance of asbestos containing materials at SU to protect all employees, contractors, visitors and vendors from potential health hazards of asbestos related diseases.
This program applies to all buildings and structures owned by SU, to all employees and sub contractors of SU, to occupants of SU buildings and to external organizations who may come into contact with or disturb asbestos-containing material in SU buildings. This program applies to routine work during which an employee might encounter asbestos.
SU will strive to protect the health and safety of employees and students by ensuring that only qualified employees shall be involved in any asbestos repairs, maintenance or removal. All unqualified employees shall be protected from exposure to asbestos fibers by isolating and controlling access to all affected areas during asbestos work. Proper personal protective equipment, vacuums, and HEPA filters shall be used and maintained. Employees shall be trained to recognize and correct asbestos hazards. SU shall communicate the location of asbestos materials to building occupants during removals or if fibers become friable.
The responsibilities defined below are required in order to implement an effective campus program that provides for a safe environment for building occupants, identifies unsafe asbestos conditions, provides training and protection to employees and effectively administers contracts to remove friable asbestos that presents a risk to building occupants.
All surfaces shall be maintained as free as practicable of accumulations of dusts and waste potentially containing asbestos. This is a particular concern in areas containing Thermal System Insulation (TSI is ACM applied to pipes, fittings, boilers, breaching, tanks, ducts, or other structural component to prevent heat loss or gain.) or surfacing ACM/PACM or visibly deteriorated ACM. The surface may be cleaned by applying a mist of water and wiping the surface or by using a HEPA filtered vacuum.
HEPA filtered vacuuming equipment shall be used for vacuuming asbestos dust. Vacuum bags or disposable paper filters should not be cleaned, but should be sprayed with a fine water mist and placed into a labeled waste container.
Stripping of finishes shall be conducted using wet methods and low abrasion pads at speeds lower than 300 rpm. Burnishing or dry buffing may only be performed on asbestos containing flooring/decking that has sufficient finish so that the pad cannot contact the asbestos containing material.
Employees who are uncertified will not handle any ACM. This will include encapsulation projects, renovation/removal and/or demolition of any type of structure.
When an uncertified employee questions whether they may be handling suspect ACM, the employee will immediately contact their supervisor. The employee shall not resume work at the site until the area has been checked to verify the material is not ACM.
Should an employee encounter material that is not identified and is not listed in the asbestos inventory and which might reasonably be expected to be asbestos, the person will stop any work that could create airborne asbestos and report the discovery to a supervisor. When it is determined that friable asbestos-containing material is in a condition that could likely lead to inhalation exposure, the supervisor will immediately limit access to the location and initiate repairs, removal or encapsulation.
If upon reviewing the work situation, the employee believes that normal work practices do not provide an adequate measure of safety, the employee will report these concerns to the supervisor.
Asbestos and asbestos containing material that has become damaged or deteriorated shall be repaired, enclosed, encapsulated, or removed. Employees may report such damage to the SU Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator. An accredited asbestos inspector/management planner will make the determination on which action is appropriate and a certified asbestos contractor will conduct the work.
Project managers shall notify the SU Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator before the start of any renovation and/or demolition project. The Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator will arrange a survey and testing for suspect ACM in the project area before commencing with the project. An accredited inspector will provide a written report documenting the presence or absence of asbestos materials. If asbestos material is found in
the project area, the material must be enclosed, encapsulated, or removed by a certified asbestos worker under the direct, on-site supervision of a certified asbestos supervisor.
The contractor shall ensure that all work is carried out according to state regulations. The contractor shall ensure that cleanup is properly completed and that all ACM is properly collected and disposed of in accord with applicable regulations. The contractor shall submit air-testing results to demonstrate that the cleanup has been carried out properly and the area can be reoccupied safely.
Employees shall use the following procedure for disassembling, reassembling, repairing, or inspecting brakes or clutches. Dry brushing is prohibited.
Please contact the Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator for advice on disposing of asbestos containing materials.
Should asbestos materials become damaged resulting in a spill or airborne release, the employee shall leave the area. Contact the University Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator at x6187 or Campus Safety at x5990 to report the spill. The area shall be secured and a warning sign posted to prevent exposure to others. Trained and licensed personnel or contractors shall clean up all spills and sudden releases of material containing asbestos as soon as possible.
The following safety precautions should be followed when any suspicious loose friable (readily crumbled) material is seen (especially if your work area has incurred any damage involving loose dust and debris of unknown materials), or if you are engaged in any operation(s) that may cause fibers to be released into the air:
Check with the Environmental Health & Safety Office to determine whether or not work will involve any contact with asbestos containing material. If YES (contact is possible) or asbestos content is unknown, the material in the area being impacted must be abated or tested. If NO (contact is not possible), follow your normal work procedures.
SU has conducted both limited and full surveys and prepared a written inventory of asbestos-containing material. This inventory contains information on the type, location, and condition of asbestos-containing material and advises on whether to remove, encapsulate, or maintain the materials. Any materials not specifically addressed in the inventory shall be presumed to contain asbestos unless proven otherwise. See the Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator or your supervisor for a summary of this information.
SU program for identifying and characterizing the condition of asbestos in buildings will include:
Also attached in the later appendices are full survey reports with findings and recommendations. It is the intent of SU to complete full surveys for all building associated with SU.
In order to prevent exposure of building occupants to asbestos fibers, periodic surveillance of known locations of friable asbestos will be performed. Periodic surveillance allows for an evaluation of the condition of the asbestos to determine if deterioration has occurred. If deterioration has occurred that increases the potential for exposure of building occupants to asbestos, the Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator should take the following steps.
The Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator will work with Facilities Management and a certified asbestos project manager to determine the best course of action for damaged asbestos materials.
Periodic surveillance of friable asbestos locations will be performed annually by EHS.
State law (WAC 296.62.07721) requires notification to employees working in a building that contains asbestos. SU will provide as much information to building occupants as possible about the locations of asbestos, health risks associated with asbestos, and possible exposure.
The asbestos surveys and monitoring data for a building or work area will be kept centrally at the Environmental Health and Safety Office and posted in the immediate area of the asbestos work.
The SU Project Manager shall provide all contractors submitting a bid on any construction, renovation, remodeling, maintenance, repair, or demolition project with a written statement either of the reasonable certainty of non-disturbance of asbestos or of the presence of ACM or PACM. The notification shall include known locations and types of ACM. Contractors must be provided this information before they apply or bid for work. The information must be documented and a copy maintained on-site, in a contract or letter to the contractor.
The contractor must post a copy of the written report regarding the presence/absence of asbestos. It shall be prepared by an accredited inspector and posted conspicuously at the location where contracted employees report to work.
The Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator shall post signs in mechanical rooms or other areas where employees can reasonably be expected to enter and that contain TSI or surfacing ACM or PACM. The signs shall identify the type of material present, its location, and appropriate work practices to use to ensure that ACM or PACM will not be disturbed.
The Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator shall label ACM or PACM on installed asbestos products where feasible to communicate the hazard associated with damaging the material and releasing asbestos fibers.
The Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator shall post notices in key locations, such as break rooms or workrooms or safety bulletin boards, identifying areas where ACM or PACM have been previously installed. The notices shall be posted where employees who may work around these materials can easily notice them.
This includes the results of monitoring that are conducted in compliance with the asbestos standard for review by affected employees.
All SU employees who work around friable asbestos and those whose work might disturb friable asbestos-containing material will be given awareness training to carry out their work without endangering themselves, their co-workers or other building occupants.
All employees working or supervising asbestos projects shall be certified. Currently, SU does have one employee trained to work on asbestos and one to supervise asbestos projects. SU project managers shall hire a contracted firm with certified asbestos workers and supervisors to complete such work.
The training course will include:
A record shall be kept of employee training for one year beyond the last date of employment of that employee.
Data that is used to demonstrate that a PACM does not contain asbestos must be kept for as long as the data is relied upon to refute the presumption that it does contain asbestos.
Project Managers and the Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator shall maintain records of notifications given and received concerning the identification, location, and quantity of ACM or PACM. These records shall be maintained for the duration of ownership and transferred to successive owners of SU facilities.