Asbestos-Containing Materials (ACM) refer to products that contain greater than one percent by weight and volume asbestos. These may include, but are not limited to, pipe and boiler insulation, floor and ceiling tiles, spray applied fireproofing, gaskets, cooling tower fill, roofing, window caulking/glazing, etc.
Prior to any planned renovation, maintenance or emergency that may involve asbestos-containing materials (ACM), an investigation request must be made with Environmental Health and Safety. To initiate an investigation, please fill out the Asbestos Survey and Request Form (.DOC).
To effectively manage asbestos containing materials and prevent asbestos exposures, the NYU Asbestos Operations and Maintenance Program requires participation by all members of the university community. The overall responsibility for implementing this program is shared between NYU Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), NYU Office of Construction Management (OCM), NYU Facilities and Construction Management (FCM) which includes Student Housing, other residential buildings managed by a hired managing agent and the hired custodial vendor. The Asbestos Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Plan outlines the key duties and responsibilities for each of these departments.
As per New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP), Tenant Notification (.DOC) must occur 10 days prior to abatement. Tenant notification includes residential and occupants of space.
To ensure that the proper procedures for asbestos waste management are being followed as required by Environmental Protection Agency Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (EPA RCRA) under the Toxic Subastances Control Act (TSCA), The Department of Environmental Health and Safety is responsible for Asbestos Waste Management.
Proper regulatory notification and asbestos project filings are critical to ensure planned work proceeds in a timely manner.
For each building survey/hazard assessment conducted prior to preparation of either DEP form ACP 7 or ACP 5, the investigator must compile a record that includes at a minimum:
The following table is the amount of time that is needed once the required paperwork is filed with the appropriate agency. This does not take into account any variances that may take up to 2 – 3 weeks.
|Regulatory Agency||Size of Project||Filing Requirements||Waiting Period|
|NYC DEP||minor (<10 SF/25 LF)||NA||NA|
|small (10-160 SF/25-260 LF)||ACP-7||7 calendar days|
|large (>160 SF/260 LF)||ACP-7||7 calendar days|
|small||yes glovebag w/tent||NA|
|large||yes||10 calendar days|
|large||yes||10 business days|