Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. Safety Training Presentations. Asbestos Safety Awareness. FY-11 OSHA Susan Harwood Grant Program.
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in our environment today.
Asbestos is composed of six different types of natural minerals:
Most common types
Because asbestos fibers are so small, once released into the air, they may stay suspended there for hours or even days.
Usually asbestos is mixed with other materials to actually form the products. Floor tiles, for example, may contain only a small percentage of asbestos.
Depending on what the product is, the amount of asbestos in asbestos containing materials (ACM) may vary from 1%-100%.
1.3 million workers are exposed in the U.S. – primarily in the construction industry.
Asbestos removal and building renovation & demolition have the greatest exposures.
You should assume that:
VERMICULITE CONTAINS ASBESTOS AND DO NOT DISTURB IT!
Just to name a few:
Could take 20 years for one asbestos fiber to turn into one of these deadly diseases
Always protect yourself if you suspect asbestos
asbestos free…….DOT DISTURB IT.
More information about asbestos is available on the OSHA Asbestos Web page, which has links to information about asbestos in the workplace, including what OSHA standards apply, the hazards of asbestos, evaluating asbestos exposure, and controls used to protect workers.
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