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Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral fiber that has been used in various building materials. Asbestos is not banned in the United States, but its use has significantly decreased since the 1980s. Materials containing asbestos may be present on campus, especially in older buildings. The University identifies and controls asbestos containing materials on campus through an asbestos control program.

Asbestos that is present in building materials does not present a hazard unless it becomes airborne. Asbestos can become airborne when materials are disturbed or damaged, which occurs during removal of these materials. The University utilizes personnel who have been trained to remove asbestos containing materials to ensure protection of building occupants. If you have known asbestos-containing materials in your area, please avoid damaging these materials (see the list of locations of asbestos on campus). If you notice any damaged building materials within your workspace (or in any area), please contact your building maintenance representative. Additionally, if you require objects hung on asbestos-containing walls, please place a facility work order for assistance to ensure this process can be done safely.

If you have further questions, please contact Occupational and Environmental Hygiene.