Section 11--Asbestos

A.The Agency shall conduct an inspection in each facility to determine the existence of asbestos. Such inspections can be done in conjunction with the biannual health and safety inspections required under Section 7.

B. Prior to the installation of IWS/LAN terminals, qualified inspectors will inspect the facility for asbestos under Environmental Protection Agency standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants regulations.

C. The Agency will review all construction and/or space modification contracts and/or work orders to determine if asbestos is present and if so, how to proceed with the removal work.

D. Where it has been determined that asbestos exists in a facility, the Agency will conduct periodic air sampling.

E. If air sampling indicates that airborne concentrations of asbestos fibers exceeds regulatory levels, exposed employees will be notified in writing of the exposure within five (5) days after discovery of the excessive asbestos concentration.

F. If the airborne asbestos concentration amounts are exceeded, the Agency will insure abatement of the asbestos hazard pursuant to 29 CFR 1910.1001 (f).

G. Once airborne asbestos particles are detected, the Agency will conduct sampling at intervals of no greater than six (6) months to monitor employee exposure levels.

H. Union health and safety representatives will be given a reasonable opportunity to observe all asbestos monitoring.

I. Union health and safety representatives will be given a copy of all tests monitoring asbestos levels.

J.  Asbestos abatement plans may include the discontinuance of work or the shifting of employee work location. Notice of such abatement action will be provided to the Union in advance, except in an emergency situation.

K. The Agency will insure that all external surfaces within the work environment in any facility shall be maintained free of accumulation of asbestos fibers.

L. Asbestos and asbestos contaminated material shall be collected and