Asbestos Management Program


This program outlines the Purdue University Asbestos Management Procedures.  Purdue University follows a practice that is endorsed by the U.S. EPA known as: Management of Asbestos in Place. The asbestos program covers the identification, maintenance, and removal of regulated Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) and Presumed Asbestos Containing Materials (PACM) in University Facilities.


There is no thorough inventory of all suspected asbestos containing materials in the buildings and facilities at Purdue. Assume that all building materials are asbestos containing unless informed by a representative of Radiological and Environmental Management (REM) or you have been provided a copy of test results proving the suspect materials that are to be disturbed do not contain asbestos. Proper identification of ACM or PACM must be made by an Asbestos Building Inspector that is accredited by the State of Indiana Department of Environmental Management. If for any reason these materials must be disturbed they must be tested for asbestos content. All maintenance personnel and contractors doing work at the University that may come in contact with suspect asbestos containing materials, must be informed of the University's posture regarding asbestos. This includes identification of known ACM locations and procedures to use to avoid disturbing the material.


Building Occupants

  1. Follow procedures listed above.
  2. Report any loose or damaged ACM or PACM to R.E.M.

Maintenance and Custodial Supervisors

  1. Ensure employees receive training on possible location of ACM, hazards and procedures for reporting incidents.
  2. Document training which should be conducted with all new personnel and annually thereafter.
  3. Report asbestos incidents to REM for follow-up.
  4. Report any loose or damaged ACM or PACM to REM.
  5. Contact the Construction Health & Safety Coordinator (CHSC) to schedule the removal of any ACM.

Maintenance and Custodial Personnel

  1. Perform duties as trained
  2. Report any loose or damaged ACM or PACM to your supervisor or REM

Project Managers and Coordinators

  1. Contact the CHSC to discuss projects in detail to insure proper identification of suspect ACM prior to the start of projects.
  2. Contact the CHSC when the scope of work changes to insure that a reinspection of the area is made to identify additional ACM.

Construction Health & Safety Coordinator

  1. Coordinate the asbestos program and maintain a database of known asbestos locations.
  2. Schedule, coordinate, prioritize and conduct the removal activities of ACM.
  3. Provide industrial hygiene consultation services by a competent person.
  4. Relay requirements to University supervisors and managers.
  5. Conduct bulk and air samples for analysis as requested or required.
  6. Conduct periodic inspections of University facilities to assess the condition of ACM and repair these areas when identified.


Jim Schweitzer
Director of Radiological & Environmental Management

Kevin Thedans
Construction Health & Sfety Coordinator
PFSB 1162

Heath Bentley
Industrial Hygienist


ACM - Any material that is greater than 1% asbestos.

Competent Person - One who is capable of identifying existing asbestos hazards in the workplace and selecting the appropriate control strategy for asbestos exposure and who has the authority to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them.