Issuance Date: 09/08/2010
Issuing Office: Environment, Health & Safety
Asbestos is a known human carcinogen that was used in a multitude of building applications prior to about 1980. Many of the buildings constructed prior to 1980 at UC San Diego have Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) in publicly accessible areas in materials such as floor tiles and mastic, sheet vinyl, acoustical ceilings, roofing felt, lab benches, and hoods. These materials are considered "non-friable" (not easily reduced to dust or powder) and as long as they are not crushed or abraded, do not pose a public health risk. The majority of friable ACM is away from publicly accessible areas and not likely to become an airborne hazard.
It is the University's policy to protect people from exposure to asbestos at all times. The primary elements of UC San Diego's Asbestos Management Program are employee training and sampling (which includes the Asbestos Survey database). Due to the potential disruption of services and impracticality involved with removing all ACM, it is UC San Diego's policy to manage asbestos in place unless there is a need for abatement action due to deterioration of these materials or construction activities. Abatement includes repair, enclosure, encapsulation, removal, or management in place.
Follow the guidelines described in the "Asbestos Management Program Overview" website in Blink for detailed guidance on training, sampling, remediation, dealing with unexpected disturbances and recordkeeping instructions.
An Asbestos Survey was conducted of all UCSD buildings constructed prior to 1991. The UCSD Asbestos Survey database is updated when Project Managers submit an online Asbestos Project Information Sheet and the waste manifest is signed off by Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S). To learn the ACM status of buildings constructed prior to 1991, inquiries can be submitted to email@example.com.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the non-destructive sampling protocol used to conduct the Asbestos Survey, some materials (including, but not limited to drywall, piping behind walls, stucco, and roofing materials) may not be listed in the database. If there is any doubt concerning the presence of asbestos in any building material, contact EH&S prior to disturbing this material.
In the event that information on the presence of asbestos is not already available relating to any area/building material within any structure, building, room or appurtenance which may be disturbed during proposed renovation or demolition, a current asbestos survey must first be conducted for that structure, building, room or appurtenance. All such surveys must be performed by an appropriately licensed entity/person. Disturbance of asbestos-containing material may pose an exposure hazard if not properly handled.
In the event of an unplanned release or disturbance of actual or suspected asbestos during your project, contact Environment, Health & Safety (Haz Mat) immediately. During business hours, call Environment, Health & Safety at (858) 534-3660; after business hours, call UCSD Police at 9-1-1 (from a campus land line) or (858) 534-HELP (from a cell phone).
All Project Managers responsible for projects that may involve ACM, and employees having job descriptions requiring the occasion to perform duties with or around asbestos, must receive annual training in asbestos awareness. This training must include the following topics (per CCR Title 8 Section 1529):
All personnel who routinely handle asbestos as a part of their job duties must be certified to do so. Such employees must be medically evaluated in order to wear a respirator and work with asbestos. The following classifications must be met according to Cal-OSHA regulations:
Activities involving removal of friable asbestos-containing materials (ACM). Requires 32 hours of training for worker and 40 hours for supervisor including hands-on training and eight-hour annual refreshers.
Activities involving removal of non-friable ACM. Same training requirements as Class I.
Activities involving repair and maintenance of disturbed ACM. Requires 16 hours of hands on training and two-hour annual refreshers.
Activities involving maintenance and custodial work around undisturbed ACM and clean up of ACM waste and debris. Requires annual two-hour awareness training.
Departments are financially responsible for regulatory fines and EH&S recharges related to correcting non-compliance with this policy.