Detailed protocols for initial steps for the ACBM survey, survey procedures for sprayed or troweled-on surfacing materials, and survey procedures for pipe and boiler insulation were utilized (The Environmental Institute, 2004).
The evaluation focused on two parameters: current condition of ACBM and potential for future disturbance, damage, or erosion of ACBM.
More than 95% of the time the ACBM found was friable and in a poor condition indicative of fiber release.
It was found in 12 or 75% of the hospitals with ACBM but only in 24 or 36% of the samples collected.
Our study was the most comprehensive investigation for ACBM carried out at Jamaican hospitals to date.
This was not surprising given the fact this type of asbestos is found in more than 90% of ACBM found in buildings in the U.
We recommend immediate removal and safe disposal of the ACBM from structures that have long become obsolete.
At two of the largest hospitals, most of the ACBM was found in boiler rooms and on steam pipes that were functional.