George Washington University conducted asbestos abatement processes at one of its major buildings only weeks before students returned to campus to kick off the new school year.
According to the GW Hatchet, the University’s newspaper, Rice Hall – a building that houses offices for some of the school’s more notable and experienced faculty – underwent asbestos abatement projects in August to prevent any risk of asbestos exposure as the school prepares to renovate the building in the near future.
“GW has an asbestos policy that guides the maintenance of asbestos-containing materials in University buildings,” said William Flint, the university’s director of the office of health and safety. “Prior to renovation or demolition of any university building, a hazardous materials survey is conducted using District of Columbia and EPA regulations to determine the risk to students, staff, faculty and construction workers. If hazardous materials are discovered, proper abatement is conducted to remove the materials prior to construction or demolition.”
Darrell Darnell, the senior associate vice president for safety and security at the school, added that students and faculty at the school were safe and he didn’t foresee any adverse health effects caused by any exposure to asbestos. However, he also would not divulge what floors, pipes, tiles, or other building products in the hall had been found to contain asbestos.
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