Asbestos Management Program
Asbestos-containing materials have been widely used in construction for more than one hundred years. Many of these materials are present in some of our buildings at Carnegie Mellon, as they are in nearly all buildings of pre-1987 vintage. The Department of Environmental Health and Safety oversees a comprehensive program of asbestos management to ensure the safety of all of our building occupants from asbestos-related hazards. This program is designed to do the following things:
- Identify all areas of asbestos materials on campus
- Ensure that all identified areas of asbestos are kept in sound condition with no fiber releases
- Properly coordinate asbestos abatement on an on-going basis, both as building areas are renovated and as the condition of the asbestos material may warrant (i.e., damage or water leaks) Provide on-going training to Carnegie Mellon and its contractors regarding the locations of asbestos containing materials and procedures for performing work in these areas
- Maintain compliance with the various federal, state and local asbestos regulations
The Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) coordinates all asbestos-related activities on campus. These activities include:
- Sampling suspect asbestos material (no one but EHS staff may do this)
- Conducting air monitoring to determine airborne asbestos levels
- Performing inspections of buildings or renovation areas
- Performing on-going monitoring and maintenance of asbestos-containing material still in place in buildings
- Overseeing abatement and consultant contractors
- Training of Carnegie Mellon personnel in Asbestos Awareness
- Responding to emergency situations
Reporting an Exposure
All potential airborne asbestos exposures should be reported to get them on record for Workers’ Compensation purposes. Your exposure may not require treatment now, but there is no guarantee that it won’t require treatment at a later date. By having your exposure on record you won’t be asked to prove that it happened on the job. Without reporting it at the time it happens, you may have difficulty proving that it was job-related at some later date. Don’t take the chance!
Reporting an exposure couldn’t be simpler. Notify your supervisor to submit a Supervisor’s Injury/Illness Report and report the exposure to the EH&S office.
If you have disturbed material you believe is asbestos-containing, or if you believe such a disturbance has occurred in your work area, report an accidental asbestos fiber release.