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Asbestos-Containing Materials at UNC

As an employee of UNC, we are informing you of the presence of asbestos-containing materials (ACM) in campus buildings. As long as the building materials are in good condition, they do not present a health risk to occupants. The Environment, Health, and Safety department staff conducts regular inspections of Carrington Hall and Hamilton Hall to ensure that the materials are in good condition and do not present a health hazard to employees, students and visitors.

UNC has an asbestos control policy and program to manage asbestos on campus. The University has a staff of accredited professionals at the Department of Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) who conduct building inspections, coordinate and supervise asbestos related construction activities, perform air monitoring and provide employee training. Downloadable formats of the policies are listed above.

Materials containing asbestos may include flooring, ceilings, walls, thermal system insulation on pipes and tanks and miscellaneous items. (Asbestos fibers have been used -and continue to be used- in a wide range of manufactured goods, including roofing shingles, ceiling and floor tiles, paper and cement products, textiles, coatings, and friction products such as automobile clutch, brake and transmission parts.)

All buildings built prior to 1981 are presumed to contain asbestos unless sampling and analysis indicates otherwise. UNC maintains asbestos-containing building materials so they do not crumble and release fibers into the air. If you notice any damaged building materials within your office, worksite or any building location, please contact EHS at 919-962-5507.

A select group of buildings on campus require additional precautions due to the asbestos containing materials located on the walls and/or ceilings. For your own protection, we ask that you:

  • Avoid scraping or damaging ceilings, walls or pipes.
  • Do not tape, tack, or glue any posters, papers, pictures, or other items to the ceilings or walls. (Alternatively, you may use 3M Scotch Adhesive Putty to attach posters to walls.)

If you have further questions, please contact:

Janet Phillips, Industrial Hygienist
919-962-5720
jkphillips@ehs.unc.edu

You may also find information about asbestos at the websites noted below: