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Rutgers Asbestos Management Program - Employee Responsibilities

An effective asbestos management program requires the participation of all members of the university community, and an understanding of each employee’s responsibility within this program. Rutgers University employees shall not perform work activities that disturb presumed asbestos containing materials (PACM) and confirmed asbestos containing materials (ACM); in addition, Rutgers University employees must avoid all activities that could result in damage to or disturbance of these materials. If an employee believes their assigned work activities will disturb PACM or ACM, the employee must notify their supervisor immediately. The supervisor must evaluate the work activities and suggest alternate work methods that will not disturb PACM or ACM. If alternate work methods can not be developed that avoid damaging or disturbing
ACM, then the supervisor must postpone the scheduled work activities until the ACM is removed.

Currently, licensed asbestos abatement contractors perform all asbestos abatement work at Rutgers University. REHS is available to develop and review work practices performed by Rutgers University employees for activities which result in contact with ACM; however, work practices must be developed and approvedon a case-by-case basis that, at a minimum, complies with all state and federal regulations. Until these specific work practices are developed, the following guidelines must be observed by all employees to avoid damage to or disturbance of asbestos containing material:
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Directors

  • Ensures supervisors, project managers, and planner/estimators
    review and comply with provisions of this asbestos management
    policy.
  • Ensures employees receive appropriate training and supervision to
    maintain compliance with this document.
  • Ensures building occupants are notified of planned and scheduled
    asbestos abatement (removal) work within their buildings.
A. Supervisors, Project Managers, Planner/Estimators
  • Requests asbestos survey information on building materials
    impacted by planned maintenance and renovation activities.
  • Defines the scope of the maintenance and renovation projects.
  • Requests estimates and coordinates scheduling of asbestos
    abatement work with REHS and the building occupants.
  • Notifies building occupants of planned asbestos abatement work
    for maintenance and renovation activities.
  • Ensures their employees attend asbestos awareness training as
    required and ensures employees implement the elements of this
    training in their daily work activities.
  • Contacts REHS to assess potential employee exposures prior to
    initiation of work activities.
  • Reports incidents that damage asbestos containing materials and
    asbestos debris discovered in buildings.
  • Attends required training and complies with the asbestos
    management program.


B. Maintenance and Custodial Workers

  • Before starting work, consult with your supervisor to determine if
    asbestos will be impacted by your work activities.
  • Carefully plan and complete your work to avoid damaging
    asbestos.
  • Immediately report any suspected asbestos exposure or damaged
    asbestos in your work area to your supervisor.
  • Attend required training necessary to perform your work activities.
  • Do not drill, sand, or cut into asbestos containing materials.
  • Do not sweep or vacuum asbestos containing debris.
  • Do not store materials against asbestos containing materials or
    damage asbestos while moving furniture or other objects.
  • Do not eat, drink, or store food in areas containing friable asbestos
    containing materials.
 

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