(Certified Best Practice by BMPCOE)
Polaroid Corporation - Waltham, MA
Many of Polaroid's buildings were built between 1962 and 1985, and those pre-dating 1975 were constructed with a variety of asbestos-containing materials. The Corporate Health, Safety, and Environmental (HSE) Office provided general guidance for managing asbestos-containing materials while each building's management was responsible for its own proper asbestos maintenance. In 1995, Polaroid established the Asbestos Management program to increase employee awareness and improve asbestos management at all its facilities.
Polaroid also created the Asbestos Management Council
(AMC) to provide more guidance and establish ownership for proper,
cost-effective asbestos management. AMC (Figure 4-4) includes participants from Corporate HSE, Purchasing, and Waste Disposal as well as Division representatives from all buildings containing asbestos materials. All AMC members have been trained (with several of them licensed) in proper asbestos management.
Division representatives maintain all asbestos records associated with their buildings including asbestos management and building asbestos maintenance plans building asbestos surveys project monitoring reports and remediation project and disposal records. AMC representatives also develop annual reports for their assigned location including asbestos removal projects summaries sampling activities and results building inspections training activities future asbestos-related activities plans and customer satisfaction for asbestos abatement contractors. In addition, AMC has established a common process by developing various tools such as a list of required records, an asbestos awareness program, and a work notification form. These tools are available at Polaroid through AMC's Intranet website.
AMC meets quarterly to discuss issues and concerns, and to review the status on training and asbestos projects. Polaroid's Asbestos Management program has successfully established a common process throughout the company by providing guidance and creating ownership for proper, cost-effective asbestos management.