Policy: Asbestos-Containing Materials Management
|Date: 06/30/05||Policy ID: SEC-007||Status: Final|
|Contact Office:||Environmental Health and Safety|
|Oversight Executive:||Vice President for Research|
|Applies To:||Academic Division and the Medical Center.|
|Table of Contents:|
|Reason for Policy:||
In order to prevent harmful exposures to asbestos, and to ensure compliance with all local, state and federal regulations, including OSHA 29 CFR 1926.1101, OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1001, EPA 40 CFR 61, EPA 40 CFR 762, EPA 40 CFR 762 & 763, the Virginia Administrative Code and the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation.
|Policy Summary:||Asbestos-Containing Materials within University of Virginia buildings must be properly managed.|
|Definition of Terms in Statement:||
Asbestos-Containing Materials (ACM): Materials that contain greater than 1% asbestos by laboratory polarized light microscopy (PLM) analysis.
ACM Inspection: Inspection of a building or portion of a building by a State Licensed Asbestos Inspector for ACM, which includes taking samples of suspected ACM, the analysis of these samples by a State Licensed Asbestos Analytical Laboratory using PLM, and a report summarizing the types and locations of identified ACM.
ACM Management Plan: Plan developed by a State Licensed Asbestos Management Planner which describes how ACM will be properly managed in-place, while ensuring the safety of building occupants, visitors and maintenance/custodial personnel, until such materials can be properly removed.
ACM Abatement Project: The removal of ACM by a State Licensed Asbestos Abatement Contractor with Licensed Abatement Workers and Supervisors using methods specified by a State Licensed Asbestos Abatement Project Designer.
ACM Abatement Project Monitoring: Daily inspections of asbestos abatement activities conducted by a State Licensed Abatement Project Monitor, that include confirming integrity of work site enclosures, abatement equipment, worker credentials, regulatory and specifications compliance, and taking air samples during and after abatement to ensure a healthy environment for University of Virginia faculty, staff and students and/or future occupants of the area(s) involved.
Friable ACM: ACM that can be crumbled, pulverized or reduced to a powder by hand pressure, and when disturbed, readily releases asbestos fibers into the air.
Project Manager: University of Virginia representative who may be the Facilities Management Project Manager, Maintenance Superintendent, Cost Center Manager, or other person who either oversees, plans, supervises or arranges for a maintenance, construction, renovations or demolition project within University of Virginia facilities.
ACM within University of Virginia buildings must be properly managed. Any UVA building constructed prior to 1988 may have ACM in it. Many building materials must be presumed to contain asbestos until properly tested and proven asbestos-free.
Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) maintains records of all past ACM inspections within UVA buildings and all past abatement/repair activities. EHS provides asbestos awareness training classes to maintenance and custodial employees to inform them of the dangers of ACM, help them to recognize suspected ACM, and instruct them on how to report damaged ACM. Where necessary, EHS provides Asbestos Operations and Maintenance training to UVA employees, as determined by their department, who are responsible for working in asbestos-contaminated work sites, who must repair ACM or remove small quantities of non-friable ACM.
To prevent accidental disturbance of ACM, which could lead to airborne asbestos hazards, EHS performs inspections prior to maintenance, renovations or demolition projects to determine what materials contain asbestos. Disturbance of these identified ACM must either be avoided during the projects or the ACM properly removed or repaired prior to these projects. If ACM abatement or repairs are necessary, EHS designs and monitors theses activities as well.
|Major Category:||Safety, Security and Environmental Quality|
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|Next Scheduled Review:||06/30/14|
|Approved By, Date:||Policy Review Committee, 06/30/05|
|Revision History:||Updated 7/18/11.|
|Supersedes (previous policy):||Asbestos-Containing Materials Management XIV.B.1|