Asbestos Safety Manual

8 Asbestos Safety Manual Environmental Health and Safety B University Policy Statement Iowa State University (ISU) is responsible for both ensuring the safety of its employees and compliance with all related requirements of state and federal regulations. The administration encourages employees at all levels to promote positive attitudes towards safety, to incorporate safety into their work practices and to cooperate fully with the implementation of safety-related programs. Program Responsibilities The management of asbestos-containing materials (ACM) at ISU requires the cooperation of many departments and individuals to ensure that asbestos is properly maintained and handled. The specific activities and responsibilities are delegated to various university entities as outlined below: Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) The development and implementation of proper asbestos management practices at ISU is provided by Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S). It is the responsibility of EH&S to: • Develop and implement policies for the proper handling of asbestos at ISU. • Coordinate applications for federal, state, and local permits to properly remove and dispose of ACM. • Ensure that university policies and regulatory guidelines regarding the maintenance, abatement, storage, and disposal of asbestos are followed. • Prepare, submit, maintain records, notifications, and manifests required by regulations. • Develop project specifications, conduct pre-bid tours, and design, manage and supervise abatement projects. • Operate a certified asbestos fiber counting and identification laboratory. • Provide awareness training for employees who work near ACM. • Respond to emergency situations involving asbestos at university facilities on a 24-hour basis. • Maintain and update asbestos inventories. Facilities Planning and Management and Residence The maintenance of university buildings and the residence halls is the responsibility of Facilities Planning and Management (FP&M) and the Department of Residence (DOR) respectively. Custodial and maintenance staff are expected to avoid activities that may result in disturbing ACM. It is the responsibility of these staff to report the location of damaged or deteriorating ACM to their supervisors