Face coverings are highly recommended for those up to date on vaccinations and required for those not up to date on vaccinations
in indoor spaces on campus and in university owned or operated venues.  

Staff/Faculty may request a face covering from EH&S. Students may request a face covering from The Well.

All, Please share this will all Pierce occupants. Copies of this notice will be posted on all doors in Pierce Hall.





July 10, 2019

On Friday, July 5 through Sunday July 7,2019 renovation work, including asbestos abatement, took place on the first floor south wing corridor as part of the overall Pierce Hall project. Routine air monitoring was performed and test results were negative for asbestos in the space.

On the morning of July 8, it was noted that dust had infiltrated into, and the Contactor did not adequately check and clean, the space adjacent to where remediation work was performed. The campus immediately coordinated for a Contractor to retest, seal and clean the affected area and temporarily relocated the first floor south wing occupants. Surface samples were collected and 2 of the 3 samples contained asbestos material. The space was resealed, cleaned and retested. The results of the  additional air testing after cleaning were negative for asbestos.

On July 9 with an abundance of caution, we expanded testing to the second floor south wing. All tests performed on July 9 were negative for asbestos.

PD&C and EH&S are working closely with the Contractor to ensure that this error does not occur again. We apologize for this problem and will share a communication we expect from the Contractor about this issue, when available.

The health and wellbeing of our campus community is of utmost importance. If you have any construction related questions please contact PD&C at (951) 827-2433. If you have any concerns or questions regarding health related issues, or if you were working on the first floor on Monday, July 8, please contact EH&S at (951) 827-5528 or email ehsih@ucr.edu.

For more information on potential health effects from asbestos visit:  https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxfaqs/tf.asp?id=29&tid=4

The campus annual asbestos notification can be found here: https://insideucr.ucr.edu/announcements/2019/01/24/2019-annual-campus-asbestos-notification

Thank you,

Blythe Wilson

Director of Project Management, Planning Design and Construction

Sheila Hedayati

Director, Environmental Health and Safety