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Asbestos & Lead

The Department of Environmental Health and Safety is responsible for assuring a safe workplace at Cal Poly. While it is true there are many buildings on campus with building materials containing asbestos and lead, these materials do not pose a hazard unless they are disturbed. EH&S maintains the Campus Asbestos Program, including extensive sampling records and works closely with Facilities to assure staff use proper work practices when working with asbestos containing materials.


If you think you have an asbestos or lead disturbance or release, leave the area immediately (evacuate others from the immediate area well), and shut the door. Contact your supervisor and then call Environmental Health and Safety at 805-756-6651 during business hours. If no one is available for a 24 hour response, call University Police at 805-756-2281. Please do not leave a voice message, continue to call until you reach a live person to report the incident. Do not return to the area until permitted by Environmental Health and Safety.

Campus Asbestos Program Contact – Tim Hastings 805-756-6651