Asbestos

various items that contain asbestos

Asbestos is a fibrous silicate mineral that was put into 3,000 building products for its fire resistance, heat/cold properties, tensile strength, chemical resistance, and other properties. If asbestos-containing materials (ACM) are left intact, they pose no health risk to the occupants. Inhalation of these fibers upon damage to the ACM can pose health risks. Damage to these materials can release asbestos fibers into the air which pose a potential inhalation hazard. In the case of exposure, asbestos fibers are invisible to the naked eye and cannot be detected by odor, irritation, nor cause sneezing. For further information on asbestos building products, visit Asbestos Frequently Asked Questions and Asbestos in Buildings.

Environmental Health & Safety has established policies and guidelines to manage and control asbestos at UW and associated facilities.

  • Administrative Policy Statement (APS) 12.1, “Managing Asbestos and other Regulated Building Materials” (pending) - outlines general responsibilities of University organizational units in managing asbestos and other regulated building materials
  • EH&S Asbestos Management Plan (PDF, draft) establishes policy and procedures to maintain and manage asbestos containing material (ACM)
  • FS Asbestos Operations and Maintenance Program Template (pending) - for facilities departments

Specific answers concerning asbestos requirements can be found in the links below.

For additional information refer to the Asbestos FAQ page.