How to Safely Limit Asbestos Hazard

This 2 minute safety training video covers: Hazard of breathing asbestos fibers, diseases caused by asbestosis, the danger of inhaling asbestos fibers especially for people who smoke, how to recognize potential problems, what is Asbestos Management Plan, importance of labels and warning signs, how to safely deal with friable asbestos containing material and how to safely deal with non-friable asbestos containing material. 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.

Topics covered include:

  • How to Safely Limit Asbestos Hazard
  • Hazards of asbestos.
  • OSHA's Asbestos Standard.
  • Composition and nature of asbestos.
  • Types of materials that may contain asbestos, and where they are encountered.
  • How to protect yourself when disturbing a material that may contain asbestos.
  • Air monitoring and decontamination.
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Video Transcript

Unlike most minerals which break into dust when crushed, asbestos splits up into tiny fibers that can float in the air for a long time. Once inhaled, the needle like fibers penetrate body tissues with ease and may accumulate in the airways and lungs. Airborne asbestos fibers that settles on food can also be ingested through the mouth. Because asbestos fibers accumulate in the body, each exposure increases the risk of developing an asbestos related disease. Unfortunately there are no early warning signs that asbestos is causing problems in your body, it doesn't have any acute or short term symptoms to alert you. Asbestos exposure can cause asbestosis, Mesothelioma - a cancer on the chest and abdominal linings and lung cancer. Exposed workers who also smoke have a much greater risk of lung cancer than those who are only exposed to asbestos.