The Office of Health & Safety provides support for the university’s Asbestos Management Program and Asbestos Policy to comply with regulatory requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the District Department of the Environment (DDOE). 

Asbestos-containing material is defined as any material that contains greater than one-percent asbestos. Asbestos was incorporated into a number of widely used products, many of which were used in building construction beginning in the late 1800's. By the mid-1980's most products containing asbestos were removed from the market.

The most common uses of asbestos in GW buildings were in floor tiles and mastic glue, thermal insulation, acoustical decorative plaster, ceiling tiles, structural steel fireproofing and drywall joint compound.  According to the OSHA Asbestos Standard (29 CFR 1926.1101), building materials installed prior to 1980 must be presumed to contain asbestos unless historical information and testing indicates otherwise.

Asbestos Management

The Office of Health & Safety:

  • responds to asbestos concerns
  • coordinates training
  • oversees abatement activities
  • maintains records of asbestos testing

GW Facilities Services, Property Management and Construction Project Management are required to submit plans for renovation, demolition and maintenance that may impact suspect asbestos-containing materials to the Office of Health and Safety for review.

Contact the Office of Health & Safety to coordinate a review or receive information on the following:

  • potential asbestos hazards

  • asbestos awareness training

  • asbestos abatement projects

  • renovation, demolition and maintenance projects

  • recordkeeping