Asbestos Service Center
EHS manages the asbestos and lead program to ensure that construction, renovation, and demolition activities on all UT Austin buildings follow applicable state and federal guidelines. We provide services performing asbestos & lead inspections and technical review at the request of Project Management & Construction Services (PMCS), Facilities Services (FS), and other university departments.
Inspections are requested by completing the Asbestos & Lead Assessment Request form and submitting it electronically. Further directions and information can be found under the ‘Forms’ section of this page.
- Asbestos Protected Building Program
This program was created to identify buildings without asbestos-containing building materials and to ensure renovation projects do not add or use building materials containing asbestos. Buildings in this program will be required to have a comprehensive asbestos inspection. Not all buildings will be able to participate due to known asbestos content of the building.
Participating in this Program will result in quicker execution of construction and maintenance activities, no delay identifying asbestos materials during an emergency event, allowing occupant installation of décor without notification or assistance, and elimination of risk of accidental exposure to a significant known health hazard.
Buildings currently identified as part of this program must notify EHS to sample any new materials being used in the building for asbestos upon installation (prior to final paint covering and re-occupancy).
If EHS is not notified prior to construction activities and it is identified after completion of the renovation project, the building will be automatically removed from the program. Additionally, the responsible party (for adding building materials without sampling for asbestos) will be identified below if the building must be removed from the program. Re-instatement into the program may require a separate comprehensive asbestos inspection to be funded by the Building Owner.
Buildings currently in the program include:
- HDB floors 2-6
- WEL 78 (excludes approximately 500 ft2 of white VFT/black mastic, waterproofing under the basement, and exterior moisture barrier behind CMU perimeter walls)
Buildings removed from the program
Example: John Doe
Download and read Asbestos Protected Building Program (PDF) for more information.
- Asbestos Sampling
Request made to the Asbestos Service Center for materials identification for asbestos and lead will be billed the following based on the requestor’s turnaround time needs.
Asbestos Service Center Pricing Matrix
Asbestos Sampling Type
Normal Business Hours*
Normal $31 $49 Priority (next day service) $43 $56 Emergency (results in 2 hours) $52 $65 Roof samples, normal $108 $147 Priority (next day service) $129 $168 Emergency (results in 2 hours) $156 $195 Review Only projects ($/project) $50
*Normal business hours = from 8 am to 5 pm
There is still no fee associated with lead testing as long as the surface is in good condition and able to be analyzed by the EHS X-Ray Fluorescence devices (XRF’s). If the surface is damaged to the point were no reliable information can be obtained by XRF, there will be laboratory analytical charges for samples collected and submitted for analysis. All requests for information must be submitted via the Asbestos & Lead Assessment Request form (add text to “Additional Location Information / Project Scope” requesting lead only sampling). This is the same form used to request an asbestos inspection.
Operations and Maintenance Program
The Asbestos Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Program is a set of practices and procedures applied to building cleaning, maintenance, construction, renovation, and general operation in order to maintain campus buildings. EHS goals at UT are to:
- Manage the asbestos-containing materials (ACM) in UT buildings to ensure that exposures to personnel and the environment are minimized and are below the permissible exposure limit;
- Ensure that all removal and disposal of ACM complies with all local, state, and federal regulations; and
- Maintain records of surveys, monitoring activities, maintenance activities involving ACM, and waste disposal, and personnel exposure.
Here are some commonly found suspect asbestos-containing materials (PDF)
Download and read Asbestos Operations and Maintenance Program (PDF) for more information.
UT Austin has established a set of standards and procedures third-party consulting companies must follow when conducting asbestos and lead investigations at its facilities. These procedures assume an investigation of areas for pre-renovation planning purposes.
Download and read the Asbestos Requirements for Contractors Conducting Work at the University of Texas at Austin (PDF) and the Lead Requirements for Contractors Conducting Work at the University of Texas at Austin (PDF) for more information.
OH503 Asbestos General Information is focused in providing only general information towards students, faculty, and staff that do not actively work with or are exposed to asbestos containing building material (ACBM).
OH 515 Asbestos Training for Project Managers is designed to support Project Managers in complying with all applicable asbestos regulations, to ensure that all asbestos containing materials are inspected, and discusses worker and occupant safety.
Staff who actively work with or are exposed to ACBM are required to complete annual in-person Asbestos Awareness training. Contact EHS at (512) 471-3511 to request in-person training.
Asbestos and lead being removed from the University is considered regulated waste and must be contained and disposed of in accordance with local, state, and federal regulations.
All third-party asbestos consultants or the asbestos abatement contractor will be required to sign asbestos manifests on all projects at UT Austin facilities and must have all appropriate and current training for specific Class 9 asbestos waste and security training as regulated by the U.S Department of Transportation.
Download and read Asbestos Waste Manifests (PDF) for more information.
Asbestos & Lead Assessment Request
- Please complete all requested information.
- Provide a detailed description of work activities that will occur at the site and could potentially disturb asbestos-containing building materials.
- Incomplete or inaccurate requests, will be returned to the requestor for additional information and / or clarification.
- For those areas requiring ceiling sampling, provide height to deck.
- After submitting a request send an 8 1/2″ × 11″ site sketch or floor plan. Scanned floor plans can be sent to Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) via email. Plans or sketch must have area of work clearly delineated.
- It is the responsibility of the project manager to facilitate access to all work areas. In addition, notify EHS of any scheduling constraints when the work area will be in use and unavailable for sampling. If access is prevented for asbestos inspection, the results will be delayed until the project manager can arrange access for EHS. EHS can obtain keys for many locations.
Sampling and Analysis
EHS does not accept samples for analysis when collected by individuals not properly licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
A minimum of three (3) samples of each homogeneous material application are collected by the licensed asbestos inspector based upon the description of work provided and site sketch or floor plan. Asbestos samples are submitted to a third party laboratory for analysis. The analytical fees are charged directly to the project via IDT. Reporting is uploaded into UT Box. Requestor will be sent an invitation to UT Box to review documents.
Turnaround times are as follow:
New Prices are effective January 1, 2019
Importance Cost/sample Time Normal $24 Two weeks minimum* Priority $30 One week minimum* Emergency** $43 2-hour minimum*
*When results will be provided to the project manager
**Emergency: Affecting public health or safety that results from a sudden, unexpected event that is not a planned renovation or demolition by the department. All emergency requests will be determined by EHS.
NOTE: All requests for ‘Priority’ turnaround time must have their manager submit a written approval to firstname.lastname@example.org to have the asbestos & lead assessment request elevated from normal to priority.
- External References
- Texas Department of State Health Services
- Environmental Protection Agency
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - NIOSH