Asbestos. Smelter Site – Specific Training EQUAL Code – OEMP006.61. September 2006 (Revised January 2009). Topics. Ontario Regulation 278/05 Inventories Training & Instruction Nature and Hazards of Asbestos Protective Equipment & Hygiene Type 1 Operations
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Smelter Site – Specific Training
EQUAL Code – OEMP006.61
September 2006 (Revised January 2009)
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If you do not see the specific area you are interested in, contact the Smelter Occupational Health Group
If in doubt, check with the Smelter Occupational Health Group:
whenever a worker is to do work that(a) involves material that, (i) is asbestos-containing material, (ii) is being treated as if it were asbestos- containing material, (iii) is the subject of advice under section 9 or a notice under subsection 10 (8); or(b) is to be carried on in close proximity to material described in clause (a) and may disturb it.
Training must be provided to the worker
Training will consist of:
(i) the hazards of asbestos exposure,
(ii) the use, care and disposal of protective equipment and clothing to be used and worn when doing the work,
(iii) personal hygiene to be observed when doing the work, and
(iv) the measures and procedures prescribed by this Regulation;
WHAT IS IT?
There are 3 main types:
CHRYSOTILE –White Asbestos
AMOSITE –Brown Asbestos
CROCIDOLITE –Blue Asbestos
When asbestos fibres are inhaled, most fibres are expelled, but some can become lodged in the lungs and remain there throughout life. Fibres can accumulate and cause scarring and inflammation. Enough scarring and inflammation can affect breathing, leading to disease. People are more likely to experience asbestos-related disorders when they are exposed to high concentrations of asbestos, are exposed for longer periods of time, and/or are exposed more often. Inhaling longer, more durable asbestos fibres (such as tremolite and other amphiboles) contributes to the severity of asbestos-related disorders. *Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Exposure to asbestos can increase the likelihood of lung cancer, mesothelioma, and non-malignant lung conditions such as asbestosis (restricted use of the lungs due to retained asbestos fibres) and changes in the lung lining.
Changes in the lining of the lungs (pleura) such as thickening, plaques, calcification, and fluid around the lungs (pleural effusion) may be early signs of asbestos exposure. These changes can affect breathing more than previously thought. Pleural effusion can be an early warning sign for mesothelioma (cancer of the lining of the lungs). Most cases of asbestosis or lung cancer in workers occurred 15 years or more after the person was first exposed to asbestos.
Most cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed 30 years or more after the first exposure to asbestos. Health effects from asbestos exposure may continue to progress even after exposure is stopped. Smoking or cigarette smoke, together with exposure to asbestos, greatly increases the likelihood of lung cancer.
EXPOSURE MAY LEAD TO:
When working in close proximity to Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) consider the possibility of the work disturbing or damaging the ACM
If it is a possibility then:
Consider wearing disposable coveralls
Wear your respirator during certain aspects of the work
Wash hands & face when leaving the work area
Work on Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) is divided into three categories:
Type 1 Operation
Type 2 Operation
Type 3 Operation
The operation type is dependant upon various factors including the nature of the work and the amount of ACM involved
You must be trained before doing work that is designated as a Type 1 Asbestos Operation
1. Installing or removing ceiling tiles that are asbestos-containing material, if the tiles cover an area less than 7.5 square metres and are installed or removed without being broken, cut, drilled, abraded, ground, sanded or vibrated.
2. Installing or removing non-friable asbestos-containing material, other than ceiling tiles, if the material is installed or removed without being broken, cut, drilled, abraded, ground, sanded or vibrated.
3. Breaking, cutting, drilling, abrading, grinding, sanding or vibrating non-friable asbestos-containing material if,
i. the material is wetted to control the spread of dust or fibres, and
ii. the work is done only by means of non-powered hand-held tools.
4. Removing less than one square metre of drywall in which joint-filling compounds that are asbestos-containing material have been used. O. Reg. 278/05,s. 12 (2).
(8) If it is readily apparent that friable material used in a building as fireproofing or acoustical or thermal insulation has fallen and is being disturbed so that exposure to the material is likely to occur,
(10) If the examination mentioned in subsection (8) establishes that the material is asbestos-containing material, or if the material is treated as though it were asbestos-containing material as described in subsection (9),
(a) the owner shall cause the fallen material to be cleaned up and removed; and
(b) if it is readily apparent that material will continue to fall because of the deterioration of the fireproofing or insulation, the owner shall repair, seal, remove or permanently enclose the fireproofing or insulation.
Do not work on or disturb any insulating materials on pipes, lines vessels and equipment until you have confirmed that the insulation does not contain asbestos.
To confirm the absence or presence of asbestos in an insulating material, contact the
Smelter Health & Environment Group - Asbestos Coordinator.
Do not sample the material yourself
Asbestos Coordinator: Lise Fratin 682 - 6994
Alternates: Andy Kosiw 682 - 6177
Heather Packard 682 - 7539
The Asbestos Coordinator will inspect the material, take a bulk sample and have it analyzed for asbestos type & concentration.
The site will be caution taped or roped off with explanatory tags.
If the material is found not to contain asbestos, the Asbestos Coordinator will release the site to the workers.
If the material is found to contain asbestos, the Asbestos Coordinator will work with the Area Planner to have the material rendered safe by having it stabilized, encapsulated, repaired or removed in accordance with our protocols. Once this is completed, the Asbestos Coordinator will release the site.
Contact OSHE Rep. (preferably from incident area)
Isolate the area with warning tape and tags
Follow Planned Asbestos Removal Flowchart
Contact Asbestos Coordinator
Contact Group Leader or Supervisor
Determine if ACM
Contact Area or Job Contact Person (i.e. Planner) if other than Group Leader or Supervisor
Identify persons potentially exposed (list name and serial number or company worked for)
Initiate incident investigation before the end of the shift
Complete shaded area if ACM is confirmed
PROTOCOL FOR INADVERTENT DISCOVERY OF ASBESTOS
Team (Project Manager / Area Planner & Asbestos Coordinator) inspects job site and reviews nature & written scope of removal
Input to pre-tender inspection report and drawings
Determine if Type of removal
Complete Planning Checklist
Project Manager / Area Planner to let removal contract
Notify Area OSHE Representative regarding removal details
Contractor prepares site per Type of Operation specified
Team inspects site preparation work and crew compliance to Regulations
Removal undertaken and completed
Remedial work identified
Team inspects completed work
Clearance Monitoring conducted for Type 3 Operation
Remedial work identified and completed
Job site is released. Protective enclosures etc. are removed
Andy Kosiw 682-6177 Tech Services Building
Lise Fratin 682-6994 Tech Services Building
Heather Packard 682-7539 Tech Services Building
Rob Fleming 682-6216 Tech Services Building
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