Asbestos Operations and Maintenance
The University has an asbestos operations and
maintenance program. The principal objective of the operations and maintenance
program is to minimize exposure of all building occupants to asbestos fibers.
To accomplish this objective, the operations and maintenance program includes
Proper asbestos awareness training for
custodial and maintenance staff who may come in contact with asbestos containing
materials. The training includes; information as to the locations of asbestos
containing materials or presumed asbestos containing materials in University
buildings, the definition of asbestos, health hazards and risks of exposure
to asbestos, procedures on how to report any evidence of disturbance or
damage of asbestos containing materials, how to properly care for asbestos
vinyl floor tiles, proper work practices to avoid or minimize fiber release
during activities affecting asbestos containing materials.
University employees and off-campus contractors
and their workers must be informed of the presence of asbestos containing
materials in buildings or areas of buildings where disturbance of asbestos
containing materials may occur. Renovations or projects will not commence
until asbestos survey reports or the area is evaluated or tested for asbestos
containing materials. If disturbance of asbestos containing materials could
occur, the asbestos will be removed, encapsulated or enclosed to prevent
the release of asbestos fibers.
- Asbestos containing materials that are damaged or in poor
condition are either repaired, encapsulated, enclosed or removed properly.
- Affected building occupants are notified of asbestos projects.
- A visual inspection of all asbestos containing materials
is conducted at regular intervals to help ensure that any asbestos containing
material damage or deterioration is detected, so that corrective action
can be taken. The visual inspection is performed, and should be documented, by trained Facilities Services staff.
All work will be performed in accordance with OSHA standards,
and the City of Philadelphia's Department of Public Health, Air Management
Services' Asbestos Control Regulations.