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Asbestos Management

Asbestos is a generic term used to identify a group of naturally occurring fibrous silicate minerals that were historically used in numerous building materials because of its unique physical and chemical characteristics, such as resistance to fire, heat, and chemicals, tensile strength, and sound absorption properties. Although its use was discontinued in the mid-late 1980s it is still commonly found in many existing building components. When asbestos containing materials (ACMs) have been identified in a building, it is often not feasible or necessary to remove it. In the absence of activities or work that have the potential to disrupt ACM (such as renovations, maintenance or demolition work) it is common practice to manage asbestos in-place. In such instances, it is mandatory that the University develop a program whereby the essential resources, work procedures and training are implemented in order to control the activities that may lead to uncontrolled disturbances of asbestos.

As a component of the Occupational Health and Safety Management System, the Asbestos Management Program is a comprehensive program established to actively manage and rigorously control ACM in University buildings and all activities that may disturb such materials. This is accomplished through the identification and compilation of all confirmed and suspect ACM in University buildings, as required by the Newfoundland and Labrador Asbestos Abatement Regulation 111/98. These building surveys are posted on line. On line you will find the survey report and the detailed survey for each building.

The Building Survey Report is to be read in conjunction with the detailed surveys that have been prepared for each MUN building where ACM has been identified or is suspected. The report identified the types of materials that are found in that building.

If anyone has any questions, please contact the Department of Health and Safety at 864-3786 or send us an email health.safety@mun.ca

 

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