University of Kansas building tested for asbestosThe University of Kansas is currently conducting an asbestos inspection on Fraser Hall as a precautionary measure before the building undergoes renovations.
Stairwells in Fraser Hall have been closed off all week to ensure that students and staff are not exposed to any asbestos that may have become airborne during the testing, according to the University Daily Kansan.
Mike Russell, director of the school's environmental health and safety department, told the news source that the inspection was merely a routine precaution to guard against unleashing the deadly mineral into the air, which, when inhaled, can cause asbestosis and mesothelioma.
"We do this for every project," Russell said. "It's not a problem until someone does something to disturb it."
Russell's department is working alongside a third-party contractor to ensure that the facility is safe to begin construction. The area undergoing the inspection will remain cordoned off until tests reveal that the asbestos is not airborne.
Russell also told the news provider that a fair amount of attention has been drawn to the project because of the department's signs.
"When we set up these areas it's standard practice to use signs that say 'danger'," Russell said. "But this was all proactive and planned before the construction."
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