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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. This clip was taken from a full-length training video. Click here to watch the 22 minute full length version.

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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

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.