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Environmental Health & Safety General Asbestos Awareness: Online Training

Exposure to Asbestos

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Exposure has also been likely in the manufacture of asbestos products such as textiles, friction products, insulation, and other building materials.
In this old picture, shipyard workers are cutting asbestos fabric into pieces to insulate pipes.

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Exposure has also been likely in the manufacture of asbestos products such as textiles, friction products, insulation, and other building materials.
In this old picture, shipyard workers are cutting asbestos fabric into pieces to insulate pipes.

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Automotive brake and clutch repair work present the potential for exposure, as well.

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Regulations focus on employees whose work involves direct handling of Asbestos-Containing Materials (ACM).

Because it takes many years to develop disease after exposure to asbestos, employer monitoring records are required to be available, accessible, and maintained for 30 years.

The current OSHA permissible exposure limit (PEL) is 0.1 fiber per cubic centimeter (f/cc) averaged over an 8-hour day. Areas that exceed the PEL must be regulated by signage and restricted access.

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