University Resources, Operations and Policies

Asbestos Management Program

Policy Statement

It is the policy of Adelphi University to maintain a safe and healthy work environment for employees, faculty, students, contractors and visitors. In recognition of the potential health problems associated with asbestos, and due to the minerals’ widespread use in buildings constructed prior to 1980, the University is committed to its Asbestos Management Program. The objectives of the program include identification of asbestos containing materials (ACM), hazard communication, training, maintenance, and repair or removal of ACM in University facilities. The program ensures that employees and others will not be exposed to significant levels of asbestos fibers, and that asbestos will be handled in full compliance with all applicable regulations.

Reason for Policy

The Adelphi University Asbestos Management Plan has been established to meet the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Asbestos Standards for General Industry 29 CFR 1910.1001 and Construction 29 CFR 1926.1101, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Title 40 Parts 61 and 763 and the New York State Department of Labor (NYS DOL) regulations found at code rule 56.

Who Is Governed by this Policy

This policy applies to all employees who must work around or near ACM, such as Maintenance and Custodial employees, and to Project Managers who will oversee construction and renovation work that may impact asbestos materials.


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Asbestos: includes chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, tremolite asbestos, anthophyllite asbestos, actinolite asbestos, and any of these minerals that has been chemically treated or altered.

Asbestos­ Containing Material (ACM): any material containing more than one percent asbestos.

Class I Asbestos Work: the removal of thermal system insulation and/or surfacing material (ACM or PACM).

Class II Asbestos Work: removal of any ACM which is not Class I, such as wallboard, floor tile, ceiling tile, linoleum, transite board, roofing materials and mastics.

Class III Asbestos Work: Repair and maintenance operations where ACM is likely to be disturbed.

Class IV Asbestos Work: maintenance and custodial activities during which employees contact but do not disturb ACM, and activities to clean up dust and debris which may be generated by Class I, II, or III work.

Clearance Air Monitoring: Air monitoring conducted by a licensed Asbestos Project Monitor at the conclusion of an asbestos project. Clearance air monitoring includes the successful completion of a final visual inspection for work area debris and the collection and analysis of air samples in accordance with New York State DOL Regulation Code Rule 56. The abatement project is considered complete when clearance air samples are analyzed.

Friable Asbestos Containing Material: any material containing more than one percent asbestos, which when dry, may be crumbled, pulverized or reduced to powder by hand pressure.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) Filter: a filter capable of trapping and retaining at least 99.97 percent of all mono‐dispersed particles of 0.3 micrometers in diameter.

Negative Exposure Assessment (NEA): a demonstration by the employer, which complies with the criteria in OSHA 29 (CFR) 1926.1101 paragraph (f) (2) (iii), that the employee exposure during the monitored operation is expected to be consistently below the PELs.

Non-­Friable Asbestos Containing Material: materials in which asbestos is bound in a matrix which cannot, when dry, be crumbled, pulverized or reduced to powder by hand pressure (such as floor tile and asphaltic building materials).

Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs): (1) Time Weighted Average (TWA): the employer shall ensure that no employee is exposed to an airborne concentration of asbestos in excess of 0.1 fiber per cubic centimeter as an eight (8) hour time weighted average.

Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs): (2) Excursion Limit (EL): the employer shall ensure that no employee is exposed to an airborne concentration of asbestos in excess of 1.0 fiber per cubic centimeter of air as averaged over a sampling period of thirty (30) minutes.

Presumed Asbestos Containing Material (PACM): thermal system insulation and surfacing material in buildings constructed no later than 1980 are assumed to contain asbestos until it has been analyzed to verify or negate its asbestos content.

Regulated Area: means an area established by the employer to distinguish areas where airborne concentrations of asbestos exceed or there is a reasonable possibility that they may exceed the permissible exposure limits.

Vinyl Asbestos Floor Tile (VAT): vinyl floor tile and in some cases its mastic which contain more than one percent asbestos and must be handled as ACM.


This policy does not have forms associated with it at this time. Upon periodic policy review this area will be evaluated to determine if additional information is needed to supplement the policy.

Related Information

This policy does not have related information at this time. Upon periodic policy review this area will be evaluated to determine if additional information is needed to supplement the policy.


Michelle Glover-Brown

Robert J. Shipley

Robert F. Hughes

Document History

  • Last Reviewed Date: March 2017
  • Last Revised Date: January 2018
  • Policy Origination Date: Not known      

Who Approved This Policy

Michelle Glover-Brown, Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator

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