Environmental Assessment for Asbestos on Campus

This letter report presents the results of the initial environmental assessment for asbestos conducted by Environmental & Safety Technologies at the Westmont College campus in Santa Barbara, California in the Fall of 1988.

The following section presents an overview of the assessment and result/conclusions are presented in Attachment A.

The assessment/bulk sample notes are presented in Attachment B. The analytical laboratory reports are presented in Attachment C and the notes are taken at the time of the initial walk-through of the campus are presented in Attachment D.

Overview of Investigation and Results

A comprehensive evaluation was performed of all campus facilities to determine the presence, if any, of asbestos or asbestos containing materials, what form it is in and what exposure problems if any it presents.

The investigation was conducted by Dennis Schnarr of EST, Tom Bauer of Westmont College, and Kevin O'Malley of Asbestos Services, Inc. A thorough investigation of each campus building was conducted (except those buildings where asbestos removal had taken place prior to this investigation). Bulk samples of material that was suspect were obtained from different locations throughout campus. A total of fifty-one (51) samples were obtained. In many areas, material that was known to be asbestos by prior testing or to this writer by prior education, experience, training and observation were not tested, but is noted in this report.

All samples taken were double bagged in zip lock bags, sealed and catalogued. At the completion of the investigation they were taken to Central Coast Analytical Services.

Analysis was done per EPA method 600 (dispersion staining/polarized light microscopy).

Summary and Conclusions

Although all facilities containing asbestos are of concern and present a potential health hazard to student employees and visitors alike, some areas present a more serious hazard due to the type, quantity and condition of asbestos as well as amount of time a person is exposed to it. Therefore, Attachment A, "Executive Summary" was prepared as a guideline to assist you in making a decision for its abatement.

EST is cognizant of the difficulty abatement scheduling i.e., timing of abatement project during holiday and summer break as well as monetary constraints for such costly abatement. However, due to the regulatory deadlines, i.e., "O'Hara" it is recommended that a target date of September 1991 be set as the final deadline for complete abatement.

We will be happy to assist you in completing a schedule of abatement, submission of the abatement plan to Federal, State and local agencies for their approval, and monitoring of the abatement to its completion.

In regards to health and risk factors, I feel that the group that has the greatest exposure risk is the employees of the physical plant as they are in and around the asbestos contaminated areas on a daily basis performing maintenance tasks. Those employees working with or around ACM (asbestos containing materials) should be provided with protective clothing and respiratory equipment and trained in its use i.e., Tyvex coveralls, gloves, a respirator rated for asbestos use and goggles. However, this is another matter that should be addressed in the immediate future in order to reduce potential Workers Compensation liability and is not a part of the environmental assessment of asbestos.

My observation and recommendations are based upon past experience, education, training and on the provisions of 29 and 40 CFR, and Title 8, 22,23, and 26 CAC.


In connection with a site assessment, only a limited amount of service can be performed within limited scope, times and budgets available to EST under your request for services. As a result, AST, despite the use of reasonable care, may fail to detect hazardous substances or may incorrectly determine the concentration of hazardous substances which are present.

EST assumes no responsibility for conditions which did not come to its actual knowledge or for conditions not recognized as environmentally unacceptable at the time this report was prepared.

It has been my pleasure to serve you on this project. Please call me at (805) 736-0017 if you have any questions or comments.


Dennis E. Schnarr
Environmental & Safety Technologies