HCHB Asbestos Management

Asbestos is a mineral fiber which has long been used in building construction materials both as insulation and as a fire-retardant.   Asbestos materials left undisturbed are not a health risk, but if the materials are damaged, lightweight fibers may be released into the air.  Some of these fibers may then cause health problems if inhaled in significant quantities.  When the Herbert C. Hoover Building (HCHB) was constructed, asbestos was used in mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.  Removal of such asbestos materials is not recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Administration and other environmental authorities unless the material is damaged and has the potential for human exposure.  If you see damaged asbestos, do not disturb it.  Instead, immediately call Anthony Kesslak, HCHB Safety and Occupational Health Manager, at (202) 482-2520, or call the Office of Space and Building Management at (202) 482-1340.  Thank you.

General Notice

Office of Facilities and Environmental Quality
Office of the Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary for Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce

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Page last updated:November 25, 2013