Asbestos Management


Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring, fibrous minerals known for their strength, flexibility, fire-resistance and insulating capabilities. These qualities made asbestos a popular building material that was broadly used in the construction industry until the mid-1970s. Many construction companies began to phase out asbestos containing materials (ACMs); however, ACMs have been found in buildings constructed as late as 1990.

Some common ACMs are plaster, drywall joint compounds, floor tiles, floor levelling compounds, ceiling tiles, textured ceiling finishes and mechanical insulation.

Asbestos is only harmful if its fibres are disturbed or damaged and become airborne. When inhaled, asbestos fibres can cause adverse health effects. When ACMs are left intact, they are not considered a health risk.

The University of Lethbridge has an active Asbestos Management Program in place to safely manage and remove asbestos from the buildings on campus. The program includes maintenance of an ACM inventory, an asbestos inspection protocol, training, occupant notification procedures and safe work procedures.

For information on the Asbestos Abatement Plan, please contact


U of L Facilities Worker Asbestos Awareness Training

Asbestos Abatement Manual 2019.pdf

OHS-bulletin-ASB004_Worker Exposure to Asbestos in the Demolition and Renovation Industries.pdf