Environmental, Health and Safety Services

Asbestos Operations and Maintenance Program

Program Summary

This Operations and Maintenance Program (O&M) has been developed to address the management of asbestos-containing building materials. The primary purpose of the O&M Program is to minimize the exposure of building occupants, maintenance workers, and outside contractors to asbestos fibers. The procedures contained in this program have been developed to address common operations and maintenance activities as well as less frequent activities that are likely to disturb asbestos-containing materials within the building.

In order to minimize the potential for exposure to asbestos fibers in buildings, all maintenance, operations, and non-routine work will be conducted under the assumption that asbestos-containing materials are present. This shall include all operations and maintenance work, cleaning and housekeeping work, and all building systems work, such as telecommunications and computer networks, electrical, HVAC, and plumbing.

This O & M Program provides guidance on several program elements including training of personnel, building surveys, how to request the sampling of suspect asbestos materials, participant roles and responsibilities, and many other asbestos-related services.

Asbestos Hazard Assessment Request

If you have observed suspect asbestos-containing building materials that appear to be damaged and in need of repair, immediately contact EHS at 1-3600 so that a hazard assessment can be done and the appropriate response actions taken to ensure there is no potential exposure risk to building occupants.

Contact Information

Valerie Pegues, MPH

Industrial Hygienist

EHS Asbestos Program Coordinator