Washington State University
CHEMICAL / HAZARDOUS MATERIAL SAFETY
SAFETY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES MANUAL
Environmental Health and Safety
Asbestos materials are health hazards because:
University employees are to follow the procedures outlined below to prevent
and/or limit exposure to asbestos and potential injuries.
- Inhaled asbestos fibers can be trapped in the lungs, irritate lung
tissue, and cause scarring. This inhibits the lungs' ability to process
- Inhaled asbestos fibers have been linked to cancerous cell growth
in the lungs.
Only certified personnel may remove or disturb asbestos-containing
Promptly report any accidental disturbances of asbestos materials to Environmental
Health and Safety (EH&S); telephone 335-3041.
Only state-certified personnel may clean up asbestos materials.
State-certified asbestos workers must maintain installed asbestos
products in good repair.
Label all known asbestos-containing materials.
Post warnings in all regulated asbestos removal or control areas.
- Contact EH&S for further information concerning payment for asbestos
warning signs and labels; telephone 335-3041.
- EH&S coordinates the posting of asbestos warning signs and labels
with Facilities Services, Operations. Contact EH&S for assistance.
EH&S maintains the written asbestos program.
Contact EH&S for assistance.
Possible Asbestos Materials
Asbestos may be present in the following materials:
Assumed Asbestos Materials
- Pipe insulation, tank insulation, boiler insulation;
- Popcorn ceilings, ceiling tiles;
- Floor tiles, linoleum, mastics;
- Roofing material, transite panels, and sheetrock.
Until a lab analysis proves otherwise, assume that all building
materials installed prior to 1980 contain asbestos. These materials
- All thermal system insulation (e.g., pipe insulation, boiler insulation,
- Sprayed or troweled surfacing material, and
- Asphalt and vinyl flooring.
A state-accredited asbestos inspector must sample all suspect
materials prior to any disturbance, including maintenance, remodeling, or
Contact Facilities Services, Operations to arrange the sampling.
Only employees who have received current state-approved certification
as asbestos workers, asbestos supervisors, or asbestos Class II workers
may remove, cut, abrade, drill, sand, scrape or otherwise deliberately disturb
any asbestos-containing materials.
These employees must have:
- Bi-annual respirator fit tests (see 3.24),
- Annual respirator training (see 3.24),
- Annual certification, and
- Annual medical surveillance exams. Contact Human Resource Services (HRS);
HRS maintains copies of the exam records. HRS sends annual reminders
to employees to schedule medical surveillance exams.
All employees who could accidentally disturb asbestos-containing
materials in the course of their job duties must receive training on:
BRAKE AND CLUTCH REPAIRS
Contact the EH&S asbestos program coordinator to arrange training.
- Identifying possible asbestos-containing materials,
- Preventing asbestos exposure,
- Regulatory requirements,
- Work practices,
- Personal protective equipment, and
- Other topics as required.
All brake and clutch repairs on motorized vehicles must follow
specific work practices related to asbestos safety, as per WAC 296-62-07745,
Contact EH&S for more information; telephone 335-3041.