Annual Asbestos Notification

October 17, 2022

Each year Cal Poly Humboldt employees are notified of the presence of asbestos-containing materials (ACM) in campus buildings pursuant to the requirements of the California Health and Safety Code §25915.

The University continues to survey locations for the presence of asbestos-containing material as the need arises and known locations of asbestos-containing materials are routinely inspected to ensure the integrity of the material. Asbestos fibers are commonly found in thermal system insulation, fireproofing and fire doors, roofing materials, floor tiles, laboratory bench tops, spray-on acoustic insulation, mastics, and various other materials.

The Environmental Protection Agency also has established a designation for presumed asbestos-containing materials (PACM). All floor tile, mastic, thermal system insulation and surfacing materials in buildings constructed prior to 1981 are presumed to contain asbestos unless sampling and analysis refutes the classification.

Asbestos fibers are only a health hazard if they become airborne in sufficient numbers. Since asbestos is only a hazard if airborne, it is important for employees to follow proper work practices to minimize the potential for disturbing the materials and releasing fibers into the air. In particular, avoid disturbing asbestos materials on walls, ceilings, pipes or in equipment. Do not break, drill or remove anything that may be considered PACM.  If you have any questions about identifying a material as PACM, contact EH&S before you disturb the material(s). 

If you observe any potential asbestos containing materials that have been damaged, report the condition immediately to your supervisor or EH&S (ext. 3302).  Do not disturb damaged asbestos debris or materials. Only persons who have been trained and certified are authorized to perform work that may disturb asbestos fibers.

Asbestos survey data showing many, but not all, specific locations known to contain asbestos is located at Facilities Management; any employee may review this survey data during normal business hours by contacting (ext. 3646).



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