Business Policies and Procedures Manual
Chapter 20: Property

Contaminated Surplus Property

(Appendix 5A: Asbestos-Containing Materials)

BPPM 20.77

For more information contact:
   Surplus Stores

Form:  Item Evaluation

Asbestos-Containing Materials

See Identification below for a list of common materials that may contain asbestos.

Handling ACMs

Departments may offer asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) that are in good condition to Surplus Stores.

Departments are not required to remove ACM from items prior to surplusing. Examples include:

  • Packings
  • Gaskets
  • Resilient floor covering
  • Asphalt roofing
  • Rigid exterior siding
  • Boards known by the trade name transite
  • Asbestos cement board used in acoustical panels and laboratory benches


The following list includes examples of common items which may include asbestos-containing materials (ACM):

  • Acoustical material
  • Bunsen burners
  • Cabinets (fire resistant)
  • Filters
  • Fireproofing material
  • Gasketing (sheet and rope type)
  • Gloves (autoclave, high temperature)
  • Heating mantles and shields
  • Hot plates
  • Laboratory bench tops and fume hoods (interior transite panels)
  • Ovens (industrial and laboratory)
  • Safes (fire-resistant)
  • Sinks
  • Sterilizers
  • Textured surfacing material
  • Thermal system insulation (TSI), e.g., pipe insulation
  • Water baths
  • Wire mesh (only when visible imbedded ACM is present)

Item Evaluation


If the department suspects that an item may contain ACM, the department must attach a completed Item Evaluation form to the item.

Visual Evaluation

The department must perform an initial visual evaluation to see if the item contains ACM (see Handling ACMs).

Removal and Disposal of ACM

The department is responsible for contacting the WSU asbestos crew for evaluation and all costs associated with removal and disposal of the ACM; telephone 509-335-9097 (see SPPM 5.22).

Note: Only employees certified as asbestos building inspectors in the state of Washington are allowed to remove ACM.

Notification of ACM

Surplus Stores must notify the potential purchaser of any ACM within the equipment prior to final sale (see Handling ACMs).

Revisions:  See BPPM 20.77 revision history.