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Asbestos Air Monitoring and Decontamination

This 2 minute safety training video covers: Proper procedure of decontamination, proper tools to use to remove fibers, how to prevent the release of asbestos fibers into the air, proper disposal of overalls, how to limit the risk of inhaling fibers, proper procedures of cleaning the body after handling asbestos, proper procedures of air monitoring and importance of participating in a "Medical Surveillance Program. This clip was taken from a full-length training video. Click here to watch the 14 minute full length version.

The Full-Length Version is Available on DVD!

OSHA’s regulation 29 CFR 1910.1101... "Occupational Exposure to Asbestos" requires that all employees who could come into contact with materials that might contain asbestos be given appropriate training on working safely in these situations. Employees are divided into four classes. Classes I - III are employees whose work involves "installing" or "disturbing" materials that might contain asbestos. However, the largest group of employees covered by this regulation fall into the Class IV group, which involves employees that get involved in... "maintenance and custodial activities to clean up waste and debris containing these type of materials."

Since many materials commonly used in buildings for many years (including ceiling tiles, vinyl flooring, and wall and pipe insulation) contain asbestos, this means that the regulation applies to virtually every custodial, janitorial and maintenance worker in the country.

Atlantic Training’s Asbestos Training Video and Awareness program has been created specifically to educate employees about the dangers of working with materials that may contain asbestos.

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Video Transcript

To prevent the release of asbestos fibers from asbestos containing flooring materials, never sewed or scrape asbestos final flooring, strip floor finishes using wet methods and low abrasion pads with the speed lower than 300 RPM. In general dispose of all asbestos contaminated equipment, clothing, scrap, debri and waste only in a bag or containers that are properly sealed and labeled. Processed waste include cutting, stripping, or reject material or most housekeeping waste result from wet sweeping or HEPA vacuuming. Wet process all housekeeping waste would work or a mixture of water and surfactant and place them in disposable containers.