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Asbestos-containing materials (ACM) are most likely to release harmful fibers when they are damaged or “friable.” Because these fibers are small and light, they tend to stay in the air for a long time, increasing the risk of exposure. For this reason, when a college or university campus undertakes construction, renovation or demolition activities, it must be aware of EPA and OSHA regulations that have been established for dealing with ACM. Among the asbestos-containing materials that could create a hazard are many plastics, paper products, floor tiles, cement pipes and sealants, insulation and textile products.

Continue through this section of the tour for more information and for best practices for handling ACM.

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