Vacant, Industrial Hygiene Specialist
phone: 208-885-5845
fax: 208-885-5969
Environmental Health & Safety
875 Perimeter Dr MS 2030
Moscow, ID 83844-2030

PSS Units

Environmental Health & Safety

Environmental Health and Safety
875 Perimeter Dr MS 2030
Moscow, ID 83844-2030
Phone: (208) 885-6524
Fax: (208) 885-5969
Email

Public Safety & Security

Public Safety and Security
875 Perimeter Dr MS 3162 
Moscow, ID 83844-3162
Phone: (208) 885-2254
Fax: (208) 885-9490

Emergency Management

Emergency Management
875 Perimeter Dr MS 2281
Moscow, ID 83844-2281
Phone: (208) 885-7209
Fax: (208) 885-7001
Email

Active in Emergencies
(208) 885-1010

Risk Management & Insurance

Risk Management & Insurance
875 Perimeter Dr MS 3162
Moscow, ID 83844-3162 
Phone: (208) 885-7177
Fax: (208) 885-9490
Email

Active in Emergencies
(208) 885-1010

Security Services

Security Services
875 Perimeter Dr MS 2281
Moscow, ID 83844-2281
Phone: (208) 885-7054
Fax: (208) 885-7001
Email

Picture of asbestos fibers

Asbestos-Containing Materials Management

What we do to manage asbestos

The Industrial Hygiene staff in EHS, the Hazardous Materials Coordinator in the Facilities Interior Shop, and Facilities Project Management are responsible for identifying potential asbestos hazards and ensuring that UI employees, students, and the general public are not exposed to airborne asbestos fibers. When an asbestos-containing building material is or will be disturbed, such as during maintenance, remodel, or accidental damage, the area will be isolated and restricted, and EHS (or consultants) will take air samples to test for airborne fibers.  The area will not be reopened for occupancy until proper procedures indicate the area is “clear.”

EHS also performs periodic air monitoring in some buildings which contain certain friable asbestos-containing building materials.  We conduct this routine testing approximately annually to check for airborne asbestos fibers.  Our goal is to not only meet, but far exceed, federal regulations to promote the cleanest air standards possible at the University of Idaho in regards to asbestos.

 

How you can help

Be aware of your surroundings. If you notice damaged floor tiles, ceiling panels, thermal insulation on pipes, fire-proofing on building structural members, or other materials that may potentially contain asbestos, let us know.  We will determine if there is a cause for concern about the presence of asbestos.  For additional information on materials that may contain asbestos, see the reference links on this page.

If abatement work is taking place, DO NOT enter the restricted work area.  Unauthorized entry can expose you and others to asbestos fibers that can be tracked out of the containment zone. Certified abatement workers wear respirators and disposable coveralls to protect themselves while working.  To prevent asbestos fibers from escaping the containment, HEPA-filtered exhaust systems are used and asbestos workers decontaminate themselves prior to exiting the enclosure.