There is a dust falling in my work area, how do I know that this is not asbestos?

While WMC buildings may contain asbestos, the materials are well contained and are generally behind walls or ceilings, away from building occupants. If asbestos containing materials need to be disturbed for construction or other activities, work may only be completed by a licensed contractor and independent monitorer. During abatement, the area is contained and monitored under very controlled conditions to prevent dust from escaping. Contact EHS with any additional concerns.

I occasionally see signs concerning asbestos abatement that will take place in a WMC building. Should I be concerned?

Due to their age, WMC buildings may contain asbestos insulation. When construction is planned for an area and demolition is a requirement, the asbestos must be removed before construction begins. Insulation is replaced with a non-asbestos alternative. Asbestos is not a problem if left in place. It is when it is disturbed and rendered "friable" or airborne, that it can become a health problem. EHS monitors asbestos around the campus to ensure that it does not become friable. All abatement requires concurrent air monitoring by an independent NYC-licensed monitoring company to ensure air levels for asbestos are below legal limits. All asbestos projects at WMC are air monitored.

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