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Asbestos Awareness Training. Miller Pipeline Corporation. Section 1. Introduction. What is asbestos?. Microscopic Spear-Shaped Fibers. What is Asbestos?. Comes from Earth’s surface. Mined like coal. (Canadian Asbestos Mine). What is asbestos?. Breaks apart easily.

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asbestos awareness training

Asbestos Awareness Training

Miller Pipeline Corporation


Section 1


what is asbestos
What is asbestos?
  • Microscopic Spear-Shaped Fibers
what is asbestos1
What is Asbestos?
  • Comes from Earth’s surface.
  • Mined like coal.

(Canadian Asbestos Mine)

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What is asbestos?
  • Breaks apart easily.
  • Extremely light weight.
    • If one piece was dropped 6’ from the ground in a room with no wind, it would take 8-10 hours for it to hit the floor!!
what is asbestos3
What is Asbestos?
  • Has existed for billions of years.
  • Was used in building products for 80 years.
why was is it used
Why was is it Used?
  • Great Insulator
  • Fire Retardant
  • Chemical Resistant
  • Very Durable & Strong
what is it in

Typical materials

handled by MPC

What is it in?
  • Over 3,000 materials can contain asbestos:
    • Insulation
    • Ceiling Tile
    • Flooring Tile
    • Brake Pads
    • Shingles
    • Valve Packing
    • House Siding
    • Coal Tar Coating

Section 2

Asbestos Hazards

how can it enter body
How can it Enter Body?
  • Inhalation (Breathing)
  • Ingestion (Swallowing)

Can NOT be absorbed through eyes or skin.

why is it hazardous
Why is it Hazardous?
  • Fibers get lodged in lungs or stomach.
  • Body can not break down fibers.
  • Scar tissue is formed over fibers.
  • This can lead to serious illness:
    • Cancer (lung, stomach, colon) ~ 30 Years Later
    • Mesothelioma ~ 20 Years Later
    • “Asbestosis” ~ 15 Years Later
things to know
Things to Know
  • Safe level of exposure not currently known.
  • Smoking + asbestos = 50 x chance of cancer.

BOTTOM LINE = Take asbestos exposure seriously, but…

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Things to Know
  • There are two types of asbestos:
    • Friable: Can become airborne with hand pressure.
    • Non-Friable: Cannot become airborne unless grinded, sanded or burned. (materials handled by MPC)
  • Asbestos is only harmful if airborne.
  • We have ALL been exposed to asbestos:
    • Apply brakes while driving
    • Traveling down dusty road
    • Remodeling or renovating home

… do not panic!


Section 3

Required Procedures

general procedures
General Procedures
  • Trained Foremen must oversee removal of “Asbestos Containing Materials” (ACM).
  • Jobsites must be walked before work each day to identify, communicate & eliminate hazards.
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General Procedures
  • Notify MPC & customer safety staffs prior to removing more than 260 linear feet of ACM.
general procedures2
General Procedures
  • NEVER sand, grind, or burn ACM without approval from MPC & customer safety staff.
  • When working with ACM:
    • Do not consume food/drinks or chew gum
    • Do not chew tobacco or smoke
task specific procedure
Task-Specific Procedure

Removing Coal Tar Coating

removing coal tar coating
Removing Coal Tar Coating
  • Carefully expose the pipe to minimize contact or damage.
  • Inspect the coating to ensure it is not loose & likely to become “friable”.
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Removing Coal Tar Coating
  • Prepare tools & materials.
  • Put on additional PPE (gloves & glasses).
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Removing Coal Tar Coating
  • Place plastic sheeting under pipe.
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Removing Coal Tar Coating
  • Thoroughly soak coating with “amended water” (i.e. soap water)

And more water!

And more water!

And more water!

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Removing Coal Tar Coating
  • Score pipe with knife for clean cut ends.
  • Remove wrap with chipping hammer & putty knife.
  • Spray coating as needed to keep wet.
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Removing Coal Tar Coating
  • Pick-up and place any loose debris on sheeting.
  • Spray all materials on sheeting once again.
  • Tightly roll sheeting inward.
  • Place sheeting in garbage bag.
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Removing Coal Tar Coating
  • Clean tools with rags & amended water.
  • Place rags & disposable PPE in garbage bag.
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Removing Coal Tar Coating
  • Seal Garbage Bag
  • Place Garbage Bag into 6-mil Bag
  • Spray Inside of 6-mil Bag
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Removing Coal Tar Coating
  • Place Spray Bottle inside 6-mil Bag
  • Seal 6-mil Bag with Duct Tape
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Removing Coal Tar Coating
  • Place 6-mil Bag inside another 6-mil Bag
  • Seal that Bag with Duct Tape
  • Apply Warning Label on Bag or Mark “Danger – Contains Asbestos” if no Label is Available
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Removing Coal Tar Coating
  • Ensure Air-Tight Seal
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Removing Coal Tar Coating
  • Give Bag to Customer for Disposal
    • If Customer Declines Disposal Responsibility, Contact the MPC Safety Staff
  • Overnight Storage Must be in Locked Truck
task specific procedure1
Task-Specific Procedure

Drilling Transite Siding

identifying transite siding
Identifying Transite Siding
  • Hard Compressed Boards
  • Nailed in Place Like Roofing Shingles
  • Very Brittle (Shatter if hit with Hammer)
  • Bottom Edge Sometimes Wavy
  • Surface is Often Textured
drilling transite siding
Drilling Transite Siding
  • Prepare tools & materials.
  • Put on additional PPE (gloves & glasses).
  • Place wet sponge over siding.
  • Drill through sponge.
  • Use clean rag & amended water to clean siding and tools.
  • Place rags & sponge into sealable bag.
  • Give to customer for disposal.

Section 4


  • Asbestos is not Hazardous if Necessary Precautions are Taken.
  • Make Sure to Follow Procedures, Even Though our Exposure is Minimal.