Capital Programs Management Group (CPM)

Effective: 6/20/1986

Revised: 7/1/2017

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CPM 301–05: Asbestos Abatement

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To reduce the potential for disturbance of and potential exposure to airborne asbestos fibers from asbestos-containing materials in university buildings and to comply with applicable regulatory requirements

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29 Code of Federal Regulations §§ 1910.134, -.1001, -.1200, and 1926.1101
40 Code of Federal Regulations §§ 61 Subpart M, 763 Subpart E
49 Code of Federal Regulations § 172

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Maintenance workers
Project managers

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ASU conducts asbestos abatement response actions necessary to protect the health and safety of building occupants, construction personnel, and the building environment when a remodeling, renovation, or demolition project occurs on campus. ASU employees or contractors may not disturb any suspect materials as defined in this policy located in any ASU owned or leased buildings, except as identified within the procedure section of this policy.

Except as provided in this policy Capital Programs Management Group (CPMG) will inspect or otherwise assess building areas potentially affected by capital projects or maintenance activities to ascertain the presence of asbestos-containing materials (ACM) prior to the start of any operations that will disturb building materials.

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Asbestos-Containing Material (ACM)
Any material containing more than one percent asbestos.

Class III Asbestos Work
Repair and maintenance operations, where ACM, including thermal system insulation (TSI), surfacing ACM, and presumed asbestos-containing material (PACM), is likely to be disturbed. Examples are installation of a single electrical outlet or electric switch where a new electrical panel or service is not required.

OSHA Class III Competent Person
A person who is capable of identifying existing asbestos hazards in the workplace and selecting the appropriate control strategy for asbestos exposure; who has the authority to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them; and who is trained in a manner consistent with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements for training of local education agency maintenance and custodial staff as set forth at 40 CFR 763.92 (a)(2).

Presumed Asbestos-Containing Material (PACM)
Thermal system insulation and surfacing material found in buildings constructed no later than 1980.

Suspected Materials
Building materials suspected of containing asbestos, including but not limited to: wall materials (gypsum drywall and plaster), ceiling tiles, ceiling tile adhesives, floor tiles, floor tile adhesives, sheet vinyl floorings, cove base adhesives, pipe insulation, duct seam tape, fireproofing, gaskets, caulkings of all types, and ceramic tile grouts.

Thermal System Insulation (TSI)
Hard packed piping insulation normally found wrapped in-place around plumbing and other piping.

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Search for Buildings Construction Dates

Building construction dates are available by one of the following methods:

  1. The building construction date will automatically appear as part of the building name when inserting the building name on either of the following online forms:
  2. The building construction date is available in the online Facility Lists, which may be sorted alphabetically, by building number, or by campus


  3. The building construction date is included in the online Facilities Data Sheet for each building.

General Facilities Maintenance Work—Buildings Built before 1985

At its option, CPMG will ensure that inspections occur as necessary to ascertain the presence of ACM prior to the start of any operations that will disturb building materials.

Typical building materials suspected of containing asbestos include but are not limited to: wall materials (gypsum drywall and plaster), ceiling tiles, ceiling tile adhesives, floor tiles, floor tile adhesives, sheet vinyl floorings, cove base adhesives, pipe insulation, duct seam tape, fireproofing, gaskets, concrete, caulking of all types, and ceramic tile.

ASU employees or contractors may not disturb any suspect materials that are located in these buildings without following the CPMG Asbestos Inspection Procedure, except for specific maintenance tasks identified and approved in writing as authorized OSHA Class III asbestos work.

OSHA Class III work is authorized under this procedure to include work-order-based repairs and maintenance operations for tasks approved by the ASU Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) designated OSHA Class III competent person. Written authorization is required only for Glove Bag work as identified in OSHA Class III training provided by EH&S.

The OSHA Class III competent person will conduct regular field inspections of OSHA Class III work and maintain this documentation.

OSHA Class III procedures will be maintained by the OSHA Class III competent person and will be available in each campus Facilities Management and Development Office.

Any contractor working under this procedure must provide copies of OSHA Class III work procedures and proof of training to the EH&S designated OSHA Class III competent person.

Facilities Maintenance Work—Buildings Built Later than 1985

ASU maintenance workers and contractors may perform only limited work that disturbs building materials provided that:

  1. the building has been built later than 1985
  2. the total square footage of material to be disturbed does not exceed 160 square feet of material


  3. in the instance of pipe insulation, the linear footage of pipe insulation to be disturbed does not exceed 260 linear feet of insulation.

The CPMG program manager is to be informed of all such activities prior to the commencement of the work. Notification must be sent to the CPMG program manager at least four hours prior to the start of work. This notification, which must include all of the following items, may be sent by email:

  1. name of the building
  2. location within the building where the work will occur
  3. nature and reason for the work
  4. time and date the work will occur
  5. the building materials that will be disturbed


  6. an estimated quantity of material that will be disturbed.

Any maintenance activity that potentially disturbs building materials in buildings within this category that is not covered above must follow CPMG Asbestos Inspection Procedure.

CPMG Asbestos Inspection Procedure

The project manager for any construction/renovation/demolition projects where any suspected asbestos-containing materials will be disturbed must follow this procedure:

  1. Contact the CPMG Asbestos Management Group (AMG) at for asbestos services at the initial planning stage of a new project; no building material may be impacted without determining whether ACM is present
  2. Mark areas of impact on a current floor plan and submit to AMG, which arranges for an asbestos-containing materials inspection and has the affected materials tested. AMG will estimate the time and expense needed to perform necessary abatement and submits this information to the project manager
  3. Conduct a site visit with the AMG for asbestos services
  4. Discuss and concur on the project scope and schedule for asbestos abatement with the CPMG program manager.

CPMG will coordinate and procure necessary asbestos consultants and asbestos abatement contractors to perform asbestos abatement.

The ASU Capital Programs Management Request for Asbestos Services online form is accessible from this Facilities Forms site. After completing the online form, select “Submit Request.”

For routine asbestos abatement projects with vendor fees less than $35,000 a six-week average turnaround time is recommended. For asbestos abatement projects with individual vendor fees more than $35,000 a four-month average turnaround time is recommended to allow detailed planning and design.

Note: Although projects can often be completed in a shorter period of time following these guidelines will help ensure a project is completed without complication or delay.

Permit-required renovations must undergo standard asbestos reviews as for the issuing of construction permits as described above.

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