Special Notice of the Presence of Asbestos in CSU Buildings

Thursday, February 18, 2021, 3:00pm

TO: Campus Community
FR: Ruth LeBlanc, Director of Environmental Health and Safety

This notification is being provided pursuant to Section 25915 California Health and Safety Code. Asbestos surveys confirm the presence of asbestos-containing construction materials (ACCM) on the Sonoma State University campus.  

Asbestos-containing construction materials pose no threat to your health unless asbestos fibers become airborne due to material aging, deterioration, or as a result of damage.  Therefore, it is important that proper work practices be followed to minimize the potential for disturbing asbestos-containing construction materials.  Avoid touching asbestos materials in walls, ceiling, pipes, or boilers.  Do not drill holes, hang plants or other objects from walls or ceilings made of asbestos-containing construction materials.  Do not disturb ACCM when replacing light bulbs.  If you find ACCMs that have been damaged, report it to Environmental Health and Safety directly at (707) 664-2100.  Do not disturb damaged ACCM or asbestos debris.  Only authorized and properly trained individuals should perform any work which may disturb ACCM.  See the EHS website, Asbestos and Lead, for additional information.   

For your information, a list of building locations and a brief description of the materials such as ceiling tiles, floor tiles, or pipe insulation which are known to contain asbestos may be found online.  Any employee may review the asbestos surveys conducted on campus, the specific monitoring data, and sampling procedures by contacting the Environmental Health and Safety office to make an appointment during normal business hours. 

The sampling and laboratory procedures utilized in conducting these surveys included National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) bulk sampling methods. 

If you have any questions, please contact Environmental Health and Safety directly at extension (707) 664-2100.