Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous silicate mineral known for its strength and durability and for its fireproof and insulation properties. It was used widely in construction and other products until 1978. Buildings constructed before 1980 are presumed to contain asbestos materials. During the twentieth century, some 30 million tons of asbestos have been used in industrial sites, homes, schools, shipyards, and commercial buildings in the United States.
The Asbestos Awareness and Asbestos Handling programs 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.
These programs apply 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.