How to Prevent Contamination when Working with Asbestos

This 2 minute safety training video covers: Proper vacuum to use to clean up asbestos debris, how to properly remove any fibers which remain after cleaning, proper PPE to wear when working with asbestos, how to properly clean and maintain the respirator, proper containment procedure, proper procedure to follow when handling disposal bags and proper asbestos disposal.

Video Transcript

If your duties require you to perform custodial and maintenance activities in areas where asbestos fibers may have settled. You must follow these OSHA housekeeping requirements. Keep all surfaces near installed asbestos products as free as possible of dust and debri but never clean surfaces contaminated with asbestos by flowing off debri with compressed air. Use only special vacuum equipped with high-efficiency particulate air or HEPA filters to cleanup asbestos containing dust debri. Always empty vaccum canisters in a way that keeps airborne fibers from reentering the workplace. Wetting asbestos containing debri before cleaning it up helps keep fibers from becoming airborne. Never shovel, dry sweep or use other dry cleanup methods unless HEPA vaccuming or wet cleaning method are not practical.