How to Protect Yourself when Disturbing a Material that May Contain Asbestos

This 2 minute safety training video covers: Places where you can find asbestos, what to do if you find damaged asbestos materials, proper handling of materials that may contain asbestos, how to replace ceiling tiles that may contain asbestos, how asbestos contamination occurs, common custodial and maintenance activities that can become hazardous if asbestos is involved, how to safely strip a floor that may contain asbestos and how to safely handle dust and debris that may contain asbestos fibers.

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.