Asbestos Management

Asbestos Management

January 21, 2014

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The Asbestos Management Program is an ongoing activity of coordinating construction and maintenance activities with safe work practices involving asbestos. Asbestos is a mineral fiber with physical properties beneficial to the performance of construction materials and was widely used from the 1940s through the 1970s. Asbestos-containing building materials in good condition retain the asbestos fibers within the matrix of the material and do not pose a significant health threat to building occupants under normal conditions. When these materials are disturbed during demolition or renovation activities, they release harmful fibers into the air where they might be inhaled by building occupants and cause disease or injury.

Prior to disturbance, materials which are suspected of containing asbestos are tested for asbestos content. Inspection and sample collection is performed by Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S) or independent environmental consultants and samples are analyzed by accredited laboratories. Those materials identified with asbestos content are properly removed using work practices and engineering controls to minimize fiber release. All asbestos-containing materials are removed by licensed asbestos abatement contractors or by UCLA Facilities Management staff who have been specially trained to remove small quantities of asbestos materials. The University retains over a dozen environmental consultants to oversee asbestos abatement projects, verify abatement contractor’s work methods and collect air samples in and around negative pressure enclosures where work is performed.

EH&S maintains general oversight of the program acting as special in-house consultants to UCLA construction project managers and Facilities Management staff. EH&S maintains a historical sample database and copies of all project documentation. Members of the University community may contact the Asbestos Program Manager with questions regarding the UCLA Asbestos Management Program.

Asbestos & Lead Program Manager
Phone: (310) 206-9937