Environment, Health and Safety
Asbestos & Lead
EH&S can test for lead based paint or asbestos in building materials. Call us at 829-3301 for more information.
Asbestos is a mineral fiber that has been used commonly in a variety of building construction materials for insulation and as a fire-retardant. Because of health issues, the EPA has banned several asbestos products and manufacturers have voluntarily limited the use of asbestos in their products. Today, asbestos is most commonly found in older buildings, in pipe and furnace insulation materials, asbestos shingles, millboard, textured paints and other coating materials, and floor tiles.
Listed below are common requests for asbestos sampling:
- Damaged thermal systems pipe insulation
- Renovations of work space, including carpeting
- Routine and special maintenance
Lead at UB
Lead is a heavy metal. Even though laws now prevent lead from being used in many products; there can still be lead hazards in and around buildings we frequent or work. Lead can get into the air, water, food, soil, and even dust and then can be breathed or swallowed leading to serious health problems. Because lead poisoning often occurs with no immediate symptoms, it frequently goes unrecognized. Lead poisoning can cause learning disabilities, behavioral problems, and, at very high levels, seizures, coma, and even death. Common lead sources::
- Imported mini-blinds
- Bare soil or sand
- Car batteries
- Artist paint
For More Information
If you have a question about asbestos or lead in your work area, call EH&S on our Service Request line at 829-3301.