Call for Nominations – Asbestos Review Panel (PDAD&C #11)

From: Vivek Goel, Vice-President, Research & Innovation
Kelly Hannah-Moffat, Vice-President, Human Resources & Equity
Scott Mabury, Vice-President, University Operations
Date: September 7, 2017
Re: Call for Nominations – Asbestos Review Panel (PDAD&C #11)

Asbestos is a commonly found building material that is present in many University of Toronto buildings, as it was routinely used in construction until the 1980s. It is present in a variety of building materials, including (but not limited to) sprayed fireproofing, thermal insulation, acoustic tiles, and vinyl flooring. Serious health problems, such as asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma are associated with inhalation of harmful levels of asbestos fibres.

The University of Toronto maintains a detailed database of locations where asbestos is known to be present. The University’s Asbestos Management Policy commits to removal of asbestos prior to demolition work. Any work is managed by our Capital Projects Group, overseen by our Hazardous Materials Group, and supported by Environmental Health & Safety; activities are guided by our procedures and protocols.

Due to recent incidents where concerns have arisen regarding the handling of construction work involving asbestos, and as part of the University’s ongoing commitment to a safe environment for work and study, a review has been commissioned to evaluate the University’s Asbestos Management Program (“the Program”).

The purpose of the review is to examine and evaluate the Program on all three campuses, including its policies, program structure, protocols, processes, and procedures. The University is seeking recommendations with respect to our Program that consider best practices and whether the Program aligns with such practices, all in the context of regulatory compliance.

The Review Panel will comprise three individuals with advanced subject-matter expertise and will be chaired by a member who is external to the University. Nominations for individuals internal and external to the University should be submitted by Friday, September 29 to:

Elizabeth Cragg
Director, Office of the Vice-President, University Operations