Asbestos Awareness

The Department of Environmental Health and Safety oversees a comprehensive program of asbestos management to ensure the safety of all of our building occupants from asbestos-related hazards. This program is designed to do the following things:

  • Identify all areas of asbestos materials on campus
  • Ensure that all identified areas of asbestos are kept in sound condition with no fiber releases
  • Properly coordinate asbestos abatement on an ongoing basis, both as building areas are renovated and as the condition of the asbestos material may warrant (i.e., damage or water leaks)
  • Provide ongoing training to Carnegie Mellon and its contractors regarding the locations of asbestos-containing materials and procedures for performing work in these areas
  • Maintain compliance with the various federal, state, and local asbestos regulations

Common asbestos-containing materials found on campus include:

  • Floor tiles and linoleum (often hidden by carpeting)
  • Some pipe and boiler insulation
  • Fire doors
  • Sprayed-on fireproofing plaster (although rarely)
  • Ceiling tiles (although rarely)
  • Lab fume hood walls and lab benchtops

If your work requires the disturbance of any of these materials, contactEnvironmental Health and Safety at 724-357-5705 prior to beginning the work.