In light of recent events relating to the presence of asbestos in buildings on the Fort Garry Campus, I would like to take this opportunity to assure the University of Manitoba community at both campuses that all necessary measures are being taken to ensure a safe environment for our staff, students and visitors.
To that end, I have asked Grant McCaughey, Manager, Environmental Health and Safety Office, to prepare an information package on the management of asbestos at the University of Manitoba. The package outlines information about what asbestos is and how it is used and where asbestos can be found at the University of Manitoba and what procedures are in place to ensure it does not present a health hazard.
The information package is available online.
The University has also planned an Information Session on The Management of Asbestos at the University of Manitoba for Thursday, March 21 at 3:00 p.m. in the Agriculture Auditorium (170 Agriculture Building). The session will bring together a panel of internal and external experts to present information and answer questions about asbestos. Anyone interested in more information about the management of asbestos at the University of Manitoba is welcome to attend. The session will conclude with a question and answer session, and the entire presentation will be broadcast simultaneously to Bannatyne Campus in Theatre A, Basic Medical Sciences Building. Questions can be asked of the panel from both sites.
The University is working closely with the Province of Manitoba's Workplace Safety and Health Division as well as private consultants to deal with the asbestos cleanup of the Stores Building and with the investigation of possible asbestos exposure in the Fletcher Argue complex in the '60s and '70s.
All necessary precautions are being taken and will continue to be taken to ensure that our work and study environment here at the University of Manitoba is a safe one. The university is in the Process of consolidating all the elements already in place into a documented Asbestos Management Program which will be shared on the website and via distribution to each department. As well, the University has a plan to eliminate asbestos over time in its buildings.
Additional information updates will be distributed as more information becomes available. If you have any concerns about asbestos, please feel free to contact the Environmental Health and Safety Office at 474-6633.
Michael W. McAdam