01.C.16 – Asbestos-Containing Material
Section: General Administration
Area: Risk Management
This document establishes the authority for Asbestos-Containing Material (ACM) management in University of Houston System buildings, and defines responsibilities for the handling of ACM during spill cleanup, operations and maintenance, encapsulation, renovation, demolition or removal operations.
This document applies to all University of Houston System facilities where existing ACM is handled during spill cleanup, operations and maintenance, encapsulation, renovation, demolition or removal operations. This document applies to all University of Houston System universities and groups including staff, faculty, students, visitors, lessees and contractors.
The University of Houston System is committed to maintaining a safe working environment that is free of hazardous conditions for all faculty, staff and students. To this end, the university must ensure the proper management of ACM. Responsibility for the adherence to this document rests with any campus group directly or indirectly disturbing ACM. Details are available on the applicable university's web site.
3. ACM BACKGROUND
The University of Houston System has multiple buildings that contain ACM, which is typical based on the size and age of the specific structure on campus. ACM can be found in floor tiles, ceiling tiles and pipe insulation. Prior to knowledge of the health risks of ACM, asbestos was commonly used in building construction prior to the 1980s due to its fire retardant properties. In recent years, the university has been systematically abating asbestos during construction projects.
4.1. ACM Regulation
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is the state agency that regulates ACM in public and commercial buildings. These regulations are very comprehensive and can be found in the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Title 25, Sections 295.31-295.73. Texas DSHS is involved in the licensure of all persons working on an asbestos abatement project, the procedures for conducting any abatement activity, and record-keeping requirements.
4.2. Responsibilities and Requirements
4.2.1. Building owners bear the responsibility under DSHS regulations for the identification of ACM in their respective buildings and must take measures to prevent ACM from becoming friable (airborne) within the occupied portions of their buildings. The DSHS regulations remain in effect for a building until the building is completely abated, regardless of any building ownership changes.
4.2.2. All persons involved in any ACM activities (i.e., identification, sampling, building renovation and maintenance, preparation of abatement scope of work, etc.) must meet licensing requirements in accordance with DSHS regulations.
Last Reviewed/Revised: 05/27/2021
Responsible Office(s): Finance