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1.0 Introduction

  • 1.1   Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was widely used as a binding agent and insulating material.
  • 1.2  Cornell University Buildings may contain asbestos materials such as floor tiles, mastics, HVAC duct tape, pipe insulation, roofing, spray-applied ceiling textures, ceiling tiles and drywall taping compounds.
  • 1.3  When intact and undisturbed, asbestos containing materials do not pose a health risk to people working or living in these buildings.
  • 1.4  Disturbing asbestos containing materials may result in airborne asbestos fibers. 
  • 1.5  Inhalation of asbestos fibers may cause illness including asbestos is, lung cancer and mesothelioma