Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber. Individual asbestos fibers cannot be seen by the naked eye, which puts workers at an increased risk. Asbestos is regulated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The EPA regulates asbestos use, removal and disposal, while OSHA regulates asbestos exposure to workers.
- According to EPA and OSHA regulations, an asbestos-containing material (ACM) is considered any material or product containing more than one percent (>1%) asbestos.
- OSHA also maintains exposure concerns with materials that contain <1% asbestos during renovation and/or demolition.
MTSU uses trained and accredited asbestos building inspectors employed by a third party environmental consulting firm to conduct all asbestos surveys in MTSU owned or operated facilities. Surveys are conducted in accordance with the protocols established by EPA regulation 40 CFR 763, the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA).