7 Asbestos Safety Manual Environmental Health and Safety A Introduction Iowa State University (ISU) has a responsibility to provide a safe environment for faculty, staff, students, and visitors. To meet this obligation, the Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) identifies potential or existing hazards in university facilities and then determines the best course of action to eliminate or minimize the risks. In this role, EH&S has established an asbestos program to assess campus buildings for the presence and condition of asbestos-containing materials (ACM) and to oversee operations involving ACM for compliance with regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The Asbestos Safety Manual is the official guide to university policies and procedures that apply to the use, maintenance, and removal of asbestos and asbestos-containing materials. This manual was developed to ensure that asbestos is properly maintained and handled and to provide policies and guidelines that promote the safe management of asbestos at ISU. It is the responsibility of university staff who work with asbestos to become familiar with the contents of this manual and to observe the procedures and requirements.