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October 29, 2014

Asbestos Awareness for Building Occupants, WTD166

Submitted by Shane Garrett

Environmental health and safety 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.

The next training class is 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in 11 Edwards Hall. Arrangements also can be made with the instructor, Shane Garrett, to make the presentation to an individual department. Contact environmental health and safety at 785-532-5856 or safety@k-state.edu with questions.

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.

All university employees are encouraged to attend this training. Enroll now through HRIS under Learning and Development. Check under KSU Training Enrollment WTD166.

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