Definition of Terms
  1. ACM: Asbestos-Containing Materials.
  2. ACM Inspection: Inspection of a building or a portion of a building by a State Licensed Asbestos Inspector for ACM, which includes collecting samples of suspected ACM, to be analyzed by a State Licensed Asbestos Analytical Laboratory using PLM, and creating a report summarizing the types and locations of ACM.
  3. ACM Abatement Project: The removal of ACM by a State Licensed Asbestos Abatement Contractor with State Licensed Asbestos Workers and Supervisors using methods specified by a State Licensed Asbestos Project Designer.
  4. ACM Abatement Project Monitoring: Daily inspections of asbestos abatement activities conducted by a State Licensed Asbestos Project Monitor, that include confirming the integrity of work site enclosures, worker credentials, regulatory and specifications compliance, and collecting air samples during and after abatement.

OSHA's General Industry Standard 1910.1001 requires employers to inform employees about the presence of ACM. At UVA, buildings constructed after 1988 should not contain asbestos due to contract specifications; however, federal regulations require testing of suspect building materials without regard to the date of construction. Suspected asbestos-containing materials include fireproofing, pipe and tank insulation, acoustical ceiling plasters, floor tiles, sealants, and many others.

Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) performs ACM inspections, ACM Abatement Project designs, and ACM Abatement Project Monitoring, required by Virginia Code. EHS maintains records of all past ACM inspections and all past abatement/repair activities.


Lead is a toxic metal which has been used throughout this century in such building materials as paint, pipes, solder, radiation shielding and noise barriers. To control both occupational and environmental exposure to lead dust or contamination, lead-containing materials must be identified and properly managed.

Definition of Terms
  1. Lead Inspection: Inspection of a building, portion of a building, or other building components by collecting samples of suspect coatings for analysis by an accredited laboratory, utilizing on-site detection methods, and/or researching past records and creating a report.
  2. Lead-Based Paint (LBP): Paints that contain at least 0.5% lead by weight, or at least 1.0 mg/square cm by use of an XRF meter. This term only applies to residential buildings or child care facilities.
  3. Lead-Containing Paints: Paints or primers that contain any amount of lead. OSHA regulates all lead-containing coatings.

OSHA regulations require employers to determine if employees who perform certain construction activities are occupationally exposed to lead at the worksite. At UVA, buildings constructed prior to 1978 are presumed to contain lead-containing paints, and require lead inspections prior to construction and/or maintenance activities.

Environmental Health and Safety provides lead inspections of University properties and maintains records of past inspections.

UVA Policies

ID: SEC-007 - Management of Asbestos-Containing Materials and Lead-Containing Materials in University Facilities

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