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Asbestos & Lead

A campus asbestos inspector points out a typical asbestos mold problem.

The Asbestos and Lead Management Unit specializes in the inventorying, maintenance and abatement of asbestos and lead building materials. Its staff works closely with building maintenance activities and campus projects to ensure the safe removal of asbestos and lead building materials.

Like most universities with buildings dating to the 1970s and earlier, the CU-Boulder campus includes a number of facilities built with materials that contain asbestos. For many years, asbestos was commonly used in materials such as fire retardant insulation, floor tiles, plasters, ceiling tiles, pipe insulation, and soundproofing.

Health issues have been raised by cases of industrial exposure to airborne asbestos fibers. However, the presence of asbestos in a building does not mean that the health of building occupants is necessarily endangered.

Exposure is unlikely as long as the material remains in good condition and is not disturbed by building maintenance, repair, renovation, or other activities that can release asbestos fibers into the air.

CU-Boulder's asbestos management program is designed to make it possible for persons in the university community to safely coexist with material that contains asbestos in campus buildings while executing a long-term program of removal. A specially trained asbestos management unit inspects renovation activities, assists with maintenance work, and monitors asbestos conditions as they may exist on campus. To help in the prevention of unnecessary disturbance of asbestos, it is important for any building materials in CU-Boulder facilities are not disturbed. For more information contact EH&S Asbestos / Lead at 303-492-6025 or email

Services provided by the Asbestos and Lead Unit at EH&S include:

  • Management and oversight of Air Monitoring for Lead-based Paint and Asbestos
  • Management and oversight of Asbestos/Lead Abatement
  • Asbestos/Lead Compliance Training
  • Asbestos and Lead Paint Waste Management
  • Building Audits / Inspections
  • Project Design Review and Inspections
  • Management of campus asbestos Operations and Maintenance