How to Safely Combat Asbestos Exposure

This 2 minute safety training video covers: What is asbestos and why is it called "silent killer", characteristics of asbestos, what are the effects of long-term asbestos exposure, what are the hazards of asbestos, how to be properly trained to work safely with asbestos, what are asbestos fibers special qualities, other asbestos interesting qualities and uses of asbestos.

Video Transcript

Asbestos is the general name for a family of naturally occuring fibers minerals that are mine throughout the world. These fibers are strong, flexible and fire resistant. They can be useful in a number of application. Asbestos can be dangerous if fibers break loose and are allowed to float freely in the air. Once inhaled they can largen the lungs were they stay for years and may cause chronic lung disease or cancer. To protect you from asbestos hazards on the job, OSHA, developed federal standard for occupational exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is regulated by OSHA and the EPA. About 95% of the asbestos use in the United States is chrysotile or white asbestos, Amosite - brown asbestos and Crocidolite - blue asbestos make up most of the rest.