Transite Removal

Marine Biological Laboratory
Policy No. B.1.4


Initiated by:Environmental, Health and Safety Manager
Approved by:MBL Director/CEO
Date:April 2, 1991
Revision:#1, November 22, 1996
Reconfirmed March 18, 2005
Distribution: MBL Community

1.0Policy Statement:
The Marine Biological Laboratory has a substantial amount of transite in our facilities. This policy establishes basic guidelines which will help us to determine which operations involving transite are asbestos abatement projects and which are exempt from DEP regulations.

2.0Transite Asbestos Abatement Projects
Projects which involve any of the following activities will be handled as asbestos projects.

2.1Removal of transite sheets glued to walls or other permanent building components. Glued sheets are frequently broken during removal.

2.2Removal of screws or other fasteners which penetrate transite. Dust is often released when fasteners are removed.

2.3Operations involving drilling, sanding, breaking or otherwise disturbing transite in a manner likely to lead to the release of asbestos fibers.

3.0Projects which are not abatement projects
Projects which involve the following activities will not be handled as asbestos projects:

3.1Simple relocations of free standing tables, ovens, and other furniture or equipment containing transite for the purpose of reuse or storage.

3.2Operations involving the removal or transite, which is attached to other building components, when the removal can be conducted without removing screws which penetrate the transite or otherwise creating the likelihood that asbestos fibers will be released.

Such operations may include, but are not limited to:

3.2.1Removal of built-in benches, with transite tops and wooden frames, when such removal can be accomplished by cutting non-asbestos components and/or removing fasteners which do not penetrate the transite.

3.2.2Removal of transite chalk boards which are attached to walls by fasteners which penetrate non-asbestos frames.

4.0Transite will be discarded as asbestos waste by a licensed contractor. When disposal is associated with a project which requires DEP notification, such notification will describe the transite waste materials.

5.0All asbestos abatement projects are contracted through the MBL Facilities and Services Manager exclusively.

6.0Policy Clarification and Updates:
Policy clarification and updates are available from the Environmental, Health and Safety Manager, (508) 289-7424, MBL ext. 7424.