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Asbestos Action Plan for UCSD Project Managers

If you suspect you might encounter asbestos during a construction, renovation, or repair project, follow the steps below to meet health and safety requirements.

Authorized personnel

Only the following departments are allowed to manage asbestos abatement programs at UC San Diego:

  • Facilities Design & Construction
  • Facilities Management
  • Housing, Dining & Hospitality
  • Medical Center Facilities Engineering

Project scope

Asbestos abatement projects can be either small or large scale:

  • Small-scale abatement is less than 160 square feet or 260 linear feet of asbestos-containing material that can be performed by specially trained and certified UCSD Asbestos Elite Team personnel.
  • Large-scale abatement is greater than 160 square feet or 260 linear feet of asbestos-containing material and requires the services of a separate consultant and contractor, both licensed to perform asbestos abatement work.

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1. Determine if asbestos is or may be present in your project area before work begins.

  • Determine if asbestos is present.
    • Search the UCSD Asbestos Survey database for specific building locations.
    • In the event that information on the presence of asbestos is not already available relating to any area/building material within any structure, building, room, or appurtenance which may be disturbed during proposed renovation or demolition, a current asbestos survey must first be conducted in that structure, building, room, or appurtenance. All such surveys must be performed by an appropriately licensed entity/person.
  • Do abatement if asbestos is present.
    • If asbestos is known to be present in the project area, asbestos abatement must be completed before your employees can work in the area.
    • Read about the project manager's responsibilities and decision logic: Asbestos Project Management (PDF)
    • Follow the steps below for small- or large-scale abatement.

See Vendors for Asbestos Abatement Services for a list of recommended consultants and contractors.

Important: If suspected asbestos-containing materials have potential of being disturbed during renovation, a sample must be collected for verification by a certified consultant. Otherwise, the material must be presumed to contain asbestos unless proven otherwise by lab analysis.

2. If you find unanticipated suspected asbestos during your project, follow these steps.

  • Instruct employees to stop work on the task involved.
  • Take immediate action to ensure the material is not disturbed.
  • During business hours, immediately call Environment, Health & Safety at (858) 534-3660.
    After business hours, immediately call UCSD Police at 9-1-1 (from a campus land line) or (858) 534-HELP (from a cell phone).

3. For small-scale abatement projects, follow these steps.

  • Submit a request for asbestos abatement to Facilities Management.
  • Complete the Asbestos Project Information Sheet before the project begins.
  • Call EH&S Environmental Management Facility (EMF), (858) 534-2753, to have an authorized EMF specialist sign the hazardous waste manifest.
  • When the hazardous waste manifest has been signed by EMF personnel, authorize your employees to begin or resume work.
  • Keep records of the asbestos abatement work in your department's files.

Note: Only EH&S Environmental Management Facility (EMF) personnel are authorized to sign hazardous waste manifests for removal or disposal of asbestos-containing materials from UCSD facilities.

4. For large-scale abatement projects, follow these steps.

  • Select a California-licensed asbestos abatement consultant and a separate contractor from the Vendors for Asbestos Abatement Services list. To avoid conflict of interest, these individuals or entities must be separate. The contractor cannot hire or appoint the hiring of the consultant. Duties for the 2 roles include:  
    • Consultant: Monitors the work area before, during, and after the project. After the project, the consultant will provide a close-out report within 30 days.
    • Contractor: Encapsulates or removes the asbestos.

Note: A California-licensed asbestos abatement consultant is required for the duration of large-scale asbestos abatement projects, for both exterior and interior projects, in or adjacent to occupied spaces.

  • Complete the Asbestos Project Information Sheet before the project begins.
  • Notify EH&S when the abatement work is done by mailing a copy of the consultant's close-out report to Mail Code 0958, or e-mail to ehsasbestos@ucsd.edu.
  • Call EH&S Environmental Management Facility, (858) 534-2753, to have an authorized EMF specialist sign the hazardous waste manifest.
  • When the hazardous waste manifest has been signed by EMF personnel, authorize your employees to begin or resume work.
  • Keep records of the asbestos abatement work in your department's files.

Note: Only EH&S Environmental Management Facility (EMF) personnel are authorized to sign hazardous waste manifests for removal or disposal of asbestos-containing materials from UCSD facilities.

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Notice: Disposal of hazardous waste using sinks, intentional evaporation, or as regular trash is against the law. Campus laboratories must abide by strict state and federal waste disposal requirements. You may be held liable for violations of applicable laws.