Asbestos Awareness for Building Occupants
Course Code: WTD166
Course Name: Asbestos Awareness for Building Occupants
Department: Environmental Health & Safety
Length of Session: 1 Hour
Audience: All employees, Students, and Vendors
Session Description: The Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) is offering asbestos awareness training to anyone interested in learning more about what asbestos is, health concerns associated with it and where it can be found on campus. Asbestos can be found in almost every building on campus with the exception of those built in the last few years. It is most common to find asbestos in any building built before 1981. We have found asbestos applied to ceilings, between floors, vermiculite insulation, on plumbing, inside some doors, as parts of HVAC systems, air ducts, floor tiles, glues and mastics, as well as architectural features. As long as the asbestos is not damaged, there is no hazard to building occupants. If the asbestos is damaged, we try to get it fixed as quickly as possible to avoid endangering building occupants.
Session Objectives: As a result of this session, participants will:
- Define asbestos
- Identify suspect building materials on campus and at home
- Understand the health concerns associated with airborne asbestos
- Know which department to contact if there is an asbestos related concern.