OSHA Asbestos Standard for the Construction Industry, 2002 (Revised)

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OSHA Asbestos Standard for the Construction Industry, 2002 (Revised)

Introduction

What is asbestos?
Asbestos is the generic term for a group of naturally occurring, fibrous minerals with high tensile strength, flexibility, and resistance to heat, chemicals, and electricity. In the construction industry, asbestos is found in installed products such as sprayed-on fireproofing, pipe insulation, floor tiles, cement pipe and sheet, roofing felts and shingles, ceiling tiles, fire-resistant drywall, drywall joint compounds, and acoustical products. Because very few asbestoscontaining products are being installed today, most worker exposures occur during the removal of asbestos and the renovation and maintenance of buildings and structures containing asbestos.

Contents
Introduction
What is asbestos? ........................................................................... 1
What are the dangers of asbestos exposure? ................................... 1
What construction activities does this booklet cover? ...................... 1
Provisions of the OSHA Standard
What is work classification? ........................................................... 3
What is the permissible exposure limit for asbestos? ........................ 4
Which asbestos operations must employers
monitor and assess? ........................................................................ 4
What is the function of a competent person? ................................... 4
What is an initial exposure assessment? .......................................... 5
What is a negative exposure assessment? ....................................... 6
Are employers required to perform exposure monitoring? ............... 6
When must employers conduct periodic monitoring? ....................... 7
Is additional monitoring ever needed? ............................................. 8
Are employers required to establish medical
surveillance programs for employees? ............................................ 8
Do employers have to keep any employee records? ...................... 10
What is a regulated area? ............................................................. 12
Who is responsible for communicating
asbestos hazards at worksites? ..................................................... 14
Does the OSHA standard require the
posting of warning signs? ............................................................. 15
Must employers provide asbestos warning labels? ........................ 16
Do employers have to train employees
regarding asbestos exposure? ....................................................... 16

Methods of Compliance
What methods must employers use to control
asbestos exposure levels? .............................................................. 19
What are the compliance requirements for Class I work? .............. 20
What are the compliance requirements for Class II work? ............. 23
What are the compliance requirements for Class III work? ........... 27
What are the compliance requirements for Class IV work? ........... 28
Does the competent person have duties that
apply to more than one work class? .............................................. 28
What does the OSHA standard require
concerning respirators? ................................................................ 29
Do employers have to provide protective
clothing for employees? ................................................................ 31
What are the hygiene-related requirements for employees
performing Class I asbestos work involving more than
25 linear feet or 10 square feet of thermal system insulation
or surfacing ACM or PACM? ...................................................... 32
What are the hygiene-related requirements for employees
performing other Class I asbestos work and Class II and III
asbestos work where exposures exceed a PEL or where a
negative exposure assessment has not been produced? .................. 34
What are the hygiene-related requirements
for employees performing Class IV work? .................................... 35
What are an employer’s housekeeping responsibilities? ................. 35
Quick Reference of Provisions by Work Class............................... 37

OSHA Assistance
What are safety and health system
management guidelines? ............................................................... 43
What are state programs? ............................................................ 44
How do I obtain consultation services? ......................................... 44
What are Voluntary Protection Programs (VPPs)? ........................ 45
What is the Strategic Partnership Program? .................................. 46
Does OSHA offer training and education? ................................... 46
Does OSHA provide any information electronically? .................... 47
How do I learn more about related OSHA publications? .............. 48
How do I contact OSHA about emergencies, complaints,
or further assistance? ................................................................... 48

OSHA Office Directory
OSHA Regional Offices ............................................................... 49
OSHA Area Offices ..................................................................... 50
OSHA-Approved State Plans ....................................................... 53
OSHA Consultation Projects ........................................................ 56

 

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