Purposes

  • To educate students, faculty, and staff about the presence of asbestos at the university,
  • To identify the potential hazards associated with occupational and environmental asbestos exposure, and
  • To establish University requirements to prevent occupational exposure to asbestos and maintain it in undamaged condition

General Information
Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral that was used extensively in hundreds of products because of its insulation, fire protection, and acoustical properties. Some examples of products manufactured with asbestos include: vinyl floor tile and mastic (adhesives), pipe insulation, thermal system insulation on mechanical equipment, acoustical plaster, structural steel fireproofing, ceiling tiles, roofing materials, laboratory hood panels, laboratory benches, automobile brakes and clutches, laboratory heating mantles, and fire resistant gloves and apparel. All materilas suspected of containing asbestos should be treated as such until material sampling and analysis can determine actual asbestos content. Confirmed asbestos containing materials do not pose a health risk when they are intact and well maintained.

Occupational asbestos exposures can result in pulmonary disease such as asbestosis, mesothelioma, lung cancer, and stomach cancer. Occupational exposure refers to work activities associated with the manufacture of asbestos containing products or the maintenance, renovation, or demolition of asbestos containing building materials over a long time period. Environmental exposure refers to activities that are unlikely to damage or disturb asbestos containing materials, and the health risk associated with environmental asbestos exposure appears to be very low.

In 1985, Rutgers established an asbestos management program to prevent damage to asbestos containing materials, to minimize or prevent employee occupational asbestos exposures, to minimize environmental exposure to building occupants, and when necessary, to remove asbestos products in a safe and effective manner.

The following links provide safety guidelines

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