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Review of the Asbestos Management Program Administered by the Department of Labor and Employment Security, Report No. 94-49, May 1995

  • Although all state-owned buildings were to be surveyed by July 1, 1994, to determine whether they contained asbestos, fewer than 20% had received approved asbestos surveys by August 31 of that year. As a result, asbestos health hazards in 80% of state-owned buildings are unknown. State agency officials cited lack of funds as the reason they have not surveyed more of their buildings; these officials estimated that it would take $15.5 million to complete surveys and asbestos management plans for their remaining buildings.
  • The DLES Asbestos Management Program has focused primarily on its responsibility to review all asbestos-related documents pertaining to state-owned buildings. These reviews are largely technical and do not make a direct contribution to increasing worker safety. The Department has not performed its other statutory responsibilities that may have a greater impact on worker safety, such as ensuring that asbestos management plans are implemented correctly and that building workers have been trained on proper cleaning and maintenance of asbestos-containing materials.
  • The Asbestos Oversight Program Team was established in 1987 to provide guidance and oversight of the Asbestos Management Program, but its statutory responsibilities have become outdated and its working relationship with DLES is poor.

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