Asbestos Management Notification

Asbestos Management Notification

January 21, 2014

DEANS, DIRECTORS, DEPARTMENT CHAIRS and ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS:

Re: Asbestos "Connelly" Notification

In 1988 and 1989, the California Legislature enacted Assembly Bills 3713 and 1564, the Connelly Asbestos Notification Bills.  In accordance with the language of these bills and pursuant to the requirements of California Health and Safety Code, Section 25915, UCLA is required to notify each employee of all matters pertaining to the presence of asbestos-containing materials in University owned buildings, as well as the result of material and air sampling surveys for asbestos fibers.

At UCLA, asbestos has been used to insulate hot water lines, steam pipes and boiler tanks.  Asbestos can be found in the fire retardant on some ceilings and structural supports, and in some floor and ceiling tiles.  In most cases, however, the asbestos-containing material is encapsulated, bonded, wrapped, and inaccessible to most employees, keeping the potential for worker exposure to a minimum.  Asbestos is known to be associated with a number of respiratory ailments; however, if it is unexposed and left undisturbed, asbestos does not pose a health risk to building occupants.  As a result of our ongoing asbestos operations and maintenance program, we believe that there is no imminent danger from exposure to asbestos at UCLA.

In 1987 and 1988, UCLA conducted a visual asbestos survey of occupied rooms on campus.  This survey noted the amount, location, conditions, and type of presumed asbestos-containing materials in each building.  A copy of the Asbestos Hazard Survey is available for review in the Biomedical, Powell and Young Research Libraries and during normal business hours at the UCLA Office of Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S).

EH&S performs asbestos inspections before and during building construction and renovation projects.  Buildings material samples are analyzed for asbestos content and air monitoring is conducted to document compliance with Cal/OSHA exposure limits.  The air and bulk sample analysis results are also maintained at EH&S and are available for review during normal working hours.

It is the policy of UCLA to remove or encapsulate any asbestos material, which may pose a health risk to building occupants.  This includes any material, which may be disturbed as result of construction, renovation work or routine building use.  All removal work is performed by state-certified contractors or specially trained Facilities Management personnel.  All inquires concerning asbestos or the contents of the Asbestos Hazard Survey should be directed to the EH&S Industrial Hygiene Program at indhyg@ehs.ucla.edu or x59797.

Sincerely,

 

James H. Gibson, PhD, MPH

Director

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