Asbestos is a mineral fiber that causes cancer and various respiratory illnesses. Older buildings constructed prior to 1980 may contain asbestos. Asbestos is commonly found in older appliances, insulation, shingles, siding, putties, and caulking. Generally, it is not a problem unless the material that contains it crumbles or flakes.
The Texas Asbestos Health Protection Rules do not require building owners to conduct inspections and identify all asbestos locations. Inspections are required, however, prior to renovation or dismantling activities.
Call Facilities Planning, Design and Construction (FPDC) at 245-2202 before performing work on campus that will disturb building fixtures, walls, or ceiling (e.g., installing computer cables in the ceiling). Facilities will help ensure that the work does not affect asbestos containing materials.
Do not handle asbestos or suspected asbestos or try to remove it yourself.
Texas State University has an ongoing Asbestos Management Program that strives to eliminate the potential hazards associated with asbestos. A copy of the Texas State University Asbestos Management Program is available from FPDC. The Texas State University FPDC handles contracts for consultation and/or abatement. Direct any questions about identifying or removing asbestos to the FPDC. Address any safety-related questions to the EHSRM.
Revised May 2011
Reviewed November 2014