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Asbestos

Purposes
  • To educate students, faculty, and staff about the presence of asbestos at the university,
  • To identify the potential hazards associated with occupational and environmental asbestos exposure, and
  • To establish University requirements to prevent occupational exposure to asbestos and maintain it in undamaged condition

General Information
Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral that was used extensively in hundreds of products because of its insulation, fire protection, and acoustical properties. Some examples of products manufactured with asbestos include: vinyl floor tile and mastic (adhesives), pipe insulation, thermal system insulation on mechanical equipment, acoustical plaster, structural steel fireproofing, ceiling tiles, roofing materials, laboratory hood panels, laboratory benches, automobile brakes and clutches, laboratory heating mantles, and fire resistant gloves and apparel. Products manufactured before 1980 are presumed to contain asbestos; products manufactured after this date are considered suspect asbestos containing materials, and must be sampled to determine if asbestos is present. These materials do not pose a health risk when they are intact and well maintained.

Occupational asbestos exposures result in pulmonary disease such as asbestosis, mesothelioma, lung cancer, and stomach cancer. Occupational exposure refer to work activities associated with the manufacture of asbestos containing products or the maintenance, renovation, or demolition of asbestos containing building materials over a long time period. Environmental exposure refers to activities that are unlikely to damage or disturb asbestos containing materials, and the health risk associated with environmental asbestos exposure appears to be very low.

In 1985, Rutgers established an asbestos management program to prevent damage to asbestos containing materials, to minimize or prevent employee occupational asbestos exposures, to minimize environmental exposure to building occupants, and when necessary, to remove asbestos products in a safe and effective manner.

 

The following links provide safety guidelines

Students and Parents
Faculty and Building Occupants
Maintenance Staff and Supervisors
Planner Estimators and Project Managers

 

References

Rutgers Asbestos Management Program
OSHA Asbestos Standard (General Industry) 29 CFR 1910.1001
OSHA Asbestos Standard (Construction Industry) 29 CFR 1926.1101
New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Subchapter 8 - Asbestos Hazard Abatement Subcode
New Jersey Department of Labor and Health, Asbestos Licenses and Permits
US EPA, NESHAPS 40 CFR 61, Subpart M

 

Contacts

Asbestos (Occupational Health) Program Management - Tom Block, (732) 445-2550
Asbestos Abatement (Removal) Services Program Management -Mike Smith, 848-445-2550
Campus Health Safety Specialists, or call (732) 445 - 2550
 

 

For more information, contact webmaster Last Updated: 2-25-10
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