Asbestos-containing construction materials were commonly used in older buildings. The prevalence and adverse health effects associated with exposure to these materials has prompted the enactment of numerous public safety regulations. EH&S has developed a comprehensive Asbestos Management Plan designed to ensure the safety of students, faculty, staff, and visitors. These buildings can be located using the search tool within the Asbestos Building Database Tool.
To accomplish our goal of maintaining a safe and healthy learning and work environment, the Asbestos Management Plan encompasses:
- Providing consultation and serving as an expert resource to the campus community
- Developing and implementing safe work practices
- Conducting ongoing building surveys and safety inspections
- Conducting air quality and employee exposure monitoring
- Developing and maintaining web-based access to survey data
- Providing project specifications and oversight of abatement actions
- Evaluating and pre-qualifying abatement contractors and consultants
- Developing and delivering awareness training tailored to Stanford’s physical facilities
- Coordinating earthquake preparedness resources and response actions
The Connelly Act requires employers to notify employees of construction materials known to contain asbestos that are located in buildings constructed prior to 1981. This notification is provided to new Stanford employees and distributed to all employees online annually by Human Resources. HR provides a link to the online notification, which is available in both English and Spanish (see the tabs below).
See the Asbestos Fact Sheet for known uses on campus, health risks, and ways to protect you and others from exposure.
Building survey information
Asbestos building survey summaries are available to the campus community via a searchable on-line database. Survey data for each building is presented in a tabular format that is periodically revised and expanded to include new survey or abatement information. See the below “Asbestos Building Survey Information System” tab for more information.
Facility Design Standard
Stanford’s Facility Design Standard (FDS) is a guidance document used by architects and engineers in charge of developing construction plans and specifications. A section of the FDS describes contractor health and safety requirements for asbestos, lead, and other EH&S-related issues.
Asbestos Management Plan
Stanford’s protocols and procedures for managing asbestos and asbestos-related hazards are contained in the Asbestos Management Plan (AMP). See the tabs below for the full plan.
Campus Buildings Containing Asbestos Materials
Materiales que Contienen Asbestos en los Edificios de la Universidad
Contractors and Consultants
Building Inspections and Hazard Assessment
Air Monitoring and Response Actions
Training and Surveillance
Maintenance and Recordkeeping
Asbestos Building Survey Information System
- Stanford University employees are hereby notified of the presence of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) in campus buildings. While such notification is required by California Health & Safety Code 25915 et seq., Stanford is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy work and learning environment. Contact the EH&S Asbestos, Lead and Construction Safety Program office at (650) 723-0486 for more information about ACMs in specific campus buildings.Asbestos is a common name given to a group of mineral fibers that occur naturally and have been incorporated into a variety of construction products, such as wall and ceiling plasters, floor tile, pipe insulation, and asphalt roofing. These materials pose no risk to health unless they are disturbed in such a way that asbestos fibers become airborne, are inhaled, and are deposited within the lungs. Increased incidence of several illnesses, including asbestosis (a debilitating lung disease), lung cancer, and mesothelioma (a rare cancer of the lung or stomach cavity lining), have been observed in individuals who were persistently exposed to high levels of airborne asbestos in work environments such as mining, milling, shipbuilding, construction, and manufacturing.Stanford EH&S conducts on-going building surveys to identify and safely manage previously installed asbestos-containing products. Furthermore, all renovation of campus buildings must be reviewed in advance by EH&S to ensure that no ACMs are disturbed without proper safeguards. Work that requires removal or repair of ACMs is restricted to trained and qualified persons.Use the following measures to protect you and others from exposure to airborne asbestos:
- Presume all building materials contain asbestos, until determined otherwise by EH&S.
- Do not remove, cut, drill, sand, grind, or otherwise disturb any material that may contain asbestos.
- Do not go above ceilings, behind walls, or into building spaces, such as attics and crawlspaces, unless these areas have been inspected and cleared by EH&S.
- Do not pull cable or wiring through above-ceiling spaces with asbestos.
- Do not install screws, pins, nails, or hangers into asbestos ceiling or wall plasters.
- Be careful not to damage walls, ceilings, or floors when moving furniture or equipment.
- Do not brush, sweep, or vacuum textured asbestos ceiling plaster or plaster debris.
- Immediately report any observed damage or deterioration of suspect building materials to your supervisor, building manager, Facilities Zone Manager, or to EH&S.
Stanford is committed to a policy of safely and effectively managing asbestos on campus. The University maintains a staff of certified professionals at EH&S who conduct building material surveys, coordinate and supervise asbestos construction activities, perform air monitoring, and provide training.
Asbestos survey results listing specific locations where ACM may be encountered within your building, detailed procedures for working with asbestos, and bulk and air monitoring sample analysis results are available for review and photocopying to any Stanford employee. If you have specific questions related to this information, or would like an EH&S staff member to review the above information with you, please contact EH&S at (650) 723-0486.