Risk Management Services

A Unit of the Business Affairs Division

Types of Asbestos Found at UA

This information is based on surveys done in the early 90's. The survey did not include many buildings off campus and does not include any newly acquired buildings since the survey.

THERMAL SYSTEMS INSULATION (pipe insulation) exists in the following buildings:

  • ALL MECHANICAL ROOMS, ATTICS AND CRAWL SPACES IN BUILDINGS BUILT BEFORE 1975.

This material should be wrapped in a canvas or other material and is commonly found on elbows, valves and other irregular shapes, as well as straight runs of pipe. When in good condition, this material is not friable and not a hazard. However, water/steam leaks, humidity and repairs to pipes/valves can damage the covering on this material and sometimes requires the removal of the piping insulation.

If there is a hard, solid insulation material between you and the work you need to perform, assume it is asbestos until it is proven otherwise. Also if pipe insulation appears damaged, contact Risk Management for assessment.

ACOUSTICAL/DECORATIVE CEILINGS exist in the following buildings:

  • BABCOCK HALL - IN MOST ROOMS (BOTH RESIDENTIAL & ACADEMIC)
  • CORONADO HALL - ALL ROOMS EXCEPT EAST LOUNGE
  • ESQUIRE APARTMENTS - ALL ROOMS EXCEPT MAINTENANCE ROOMS
  • HUMANITIES/MLK CENTER - 2ND FLOOR - PART OF HALL AND A FEW ROOMS
  • CIVIL ENGINEERING - IN ALL LABS AREAS ON ALL FLOORS
  • ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LAB - IN ALL EVEN NUMBERED ROOMS EXCEPT ROOM 114C
  • SKY VIEW RESIDENCE HALL - ALL ROOMS AND HALLWAYS

This material looks fluffy, (like popcorn), is very friable, (unless it has been encapsulated), but is in generally good condition. There is no hazard in performing work near asbestos ceiling material, provided the ceiling material is not disturbed by the work being performed. When these asbestos materials cannot be maintained in good condition they are repaired or removed.

STRUCTURAL FIREPROOFING exists in the following buildings:

  • CORONADO - BEAMS, COLUMNS, DECK & OVERSPRAY-ALL LEVELS
  • ADMINISTRATION - BEAMS AND OVERSPRAY-ALL LEVELS
  • VETERINARY SCIENCE/MICROBIOLOGY - BEAMS, DECK & OVERSPRAY-ALL LEVELS
  • PSYCHOLOGY - BEAMS AND OVERSPRAY-ALL LEVELS
  • MODERN LANGUAGES - BEAMS AND OVERSPRAY-ALL LEVELS
  • ARCHITECTURE - BEAMS & OVERSPRAY LEVEL 3 ONLY
  • USA - BEAMS & COLUMNS ONLY

This material also looks fluffy, (like popcorn), but is more like a cement. It is also in very good condition and should not need to be disturbed. However, there is overspray on HVAC and electrical equipment. There is not a hazard in performing work around asbestos fireproofing, provided the fireproofing material is not disturbed by the work being performed. Structural fireproofing overspray above drop down ceilings is sometimes removed because of renovations and maintenance in buildings.

Prior to working above the dropped ceiling in areas where asbestos fireproofing exists contact Risk Management to have ceiling tiles vacuumed before accessing areas.

ASBESTOS CONTAINING ROOFING
Found on many of the buildings on the University campus. All varieties of roofing systems and roofing materials can contain asbestos. These include but are not limited to: shingles, rolled roofing, felts, tar, pitch, caulk, patch materials and silver flashing paint. There is no hazard performing work on or around asbestos containing roofing provided the roofing is not disturbed by the work being performed. To date, there has not been a comprehensive survey of buildings that contain asbestos roofing. There are times when roofing must be repaired or removed because of leaks or because a building is being demolished.

ASBESTOS CONTAINING FLOORING
Found in many of the buildings on the University campus. There is no hazard performing work on or around asbestos containing flooring provided the flooring is not drilled, sanded or scraped. All nine inch by nine inch tiles are assumed to contain asbestos and many twelve inch by twelve inch tiles also contain asbestos. Asbestos containing tiles are oftentimes removed because of building renovation, demolition or because the tiles become damaged or worn.