Assume building materials (ceilings, walls, floor tile, pipe insulation, etc.) contain asbestos, unless there has been sampling and analysis that shows it is not asbestos.
Protect surfaces from wear (e.g. self-stick furniture pads or place furniture or boxes an adequate distance from walls)
Make sure your chair casters are correct for the type of floor. Casters designed for carpet wear floor tiles quickly.
Leave suspect asbestos materials alone.
Report damaged building surfaces to your supervisor. Supervisors or managers should contact the person to whom they report and Facilities Services (5-9000). At Mount Vernon, Puyallup, Prosser and Wenatchee research stations should contact EH&S – 509-335-3041 to report asbestos damage.
Immediately report any dust or debris from an abatement project to your supervisor.
Don’t Do These!
Do-it-yourself projects are not allowed by University policy.
Do not damage or work on (drill, cut, puncture, etc.) building materials and surfaces that may contain asbestos. These materials include: walls, floors, ceilings, pipes, electrical, windows, doors, ventilation or refrigeration systems, and storage cabinets.
Do not store ladders, brooms or personal items next to insulated pipes.
Do not damage walls, floors or ceilings while moving or storing equipment.
Do not remove suspended ceiling tiles as there could be asbestos materials above them.
Do not enter an asbestos removal area for any reason. Uncontrolled dust or debris outside an asbestos removal area should be reported immediately to your supervisor or Facilities Services at 335-9000.
Do not clean up suspect materials (unless you are trained to do so properly).