Environmental Health and Safety

Effective Date: 11/03/00

Policy Statement 21: Asbestos Operations and Maintenance


Asbestos is a proven human carcinogen, and as such, must be handled according to strict guidelines provided by the North Carolina OSHA and East Carolina University. A manual, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAM FOR THE CONTROL OF ASBESTOS CONTAINING MATERIALS IN UNIVERSITY FACILITIES, has been developed which outlines specific procedures for activities involving asbestos. Absolutely NO ONE is permitted to engage in maintenance or repair activities involving asbestos without having first received training, respirator fit testing and approval from the Environmental Health and Safety Office. The scope of the Asbestos Operations and Maintenance Program is extensive and not appropriate for inclusion in this manual; however, some general guides follow.


Materials that are suspect for containing asbestos include but are not limited to the following: vinyl floor tile, sprayed ceiling material, sprayed structural fireproofing, pipe covering (including air cell), boiler lagging, duct tapes, duct covering, ceiling tiles, plaster and mastics. Damage to any of these materials must be sampled for the presence of asbestos prior to any repair or maintenance activities.


All renovation projects are reviewed by the Environmental Health and Safety Office and Physical Plant to determine the possibilities of disturbing Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) during the renovation. Departments should keep in mind that abatement of ACM will add significant cost to renovation projects.

Small Scale, Short Duration Projects

Small scale, short duration projects are defined as those projects performed using one or more of several methods outlined in the Operations and Maintenance Program. These projects are limited to 160 square feet or 260 linear feet of ACM per year and are generally performed by ECU personnel. These projects must involve repair or maintenance and not just abatement in order to fall within the scope of the Operations and Maintenance Program. At the discretion of the Director of Environmental Health and Safety Office, outside contractors may be required to perform projects involving less than 160 square feet or 260 linear feet of ACM.