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Introduction

Negative Air Machines ......

Air Scrubbers .......................

Ducting ...................................

Air Sampling ........................

Signage ...................................

Decon Systems ................

Trash Pumps .........................

Water Filtration .....................

Debris Collectors .............

Surface Prep ....................

Vacuums .....................

Dustless Attach. .....

Hand-Held Power Tools ...

Scrapers & Chisels ...........

Storage ............................

Protective Apparel ................

Respiratory ......................

Respirator Fit Testing ......

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Protecting Workers from the Hazards of

Asbestos-Containing Flooring Material Maintenance

Many resilient flooring tiles contain asbestos, a mineral fiber used in numerous building materials before its dangerous health effects were

discovered. A hazard exists for workers who buff or wax flooring material containing asbestos. Any floor tiles installed prior to 1980 should be

presumed to contain asbestos — unless confirmed to be asbestos-free by a laboratory — and the proper protective actions should be taken.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has regulations to protect workers from asbestos.

What is the hazard?

The equipment used during the care or maintenance of asbestos-

containing flooring tiles has an abrasive pad which runs at high

speeds, and can release tiny asbestos fibers into the air. The airborne

fibers can then be inhaled by workers without knowing it, and become

trapped in their lungs. Asbestos is a known human carcinogen and

can cause chronic lung disease as well as lung and other cancers.

Training elements of OSHA’s Asbestos Standard

Initial and annual training must be provided in a manner and

language that workers can understand. The training must include:

health effects of asbestos; locations of asbestos-containing and

presumed asbestos-containing materials; recognition of damage

and deterioration of asbestos-containing materials; and the proper

response to fiber release episodes. The following elements should

be included in this training:

Care of Asbestos-Containing Flooring Materials

• Do not sand asbestos-containing flooring material;

• Use only low-abrasion buffing pads;

• Operate buffers only at speeds lower than 300 rpm;

• Use wet methods;

• If asbestos-containing flooring material has sufficient finish,

brushing or dry buffing is permissible.

If these methods are properly implemented, personal protective

equipment (PPE) should not be necessary.

Recordkeeping

A record of training and worker notification is necessary.

If applicable, any exposure monitoring records and medical

monitoring records must also be kept.

How do I know if there is a hazard?

Airborne asbestos fibers are very small and cannot be seen by

the naked eye. Flooring materials installed prior to 1980 should

be presumed to contain asbestos and should be treated as such,

unless a piece of the material is sent to a reputable laboratory and

analyzed for asbestos by transmission electron microscopy and

found to contain a concentration of less than 1.0%.

What should be done to protect workers?

Workers caring for asbestos-containing flooring material (general

industry) are protected by OSHA’s Asbestos standard, 29 Code of

Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1910.1001. OSHA has separate

asbestos standards for the construction and shipyard industries due

to differing working conditions and asbestos exposures.

Dirt Barriers ....................

Poly & Tarps .....................

Staplers & Adhesives .......

Glove Bags .............................

Carts & Dollies ..................

Hoists & Slings .................

Rope .................................

Pallet Trucks .........................

Rollers ...................................

Salvage Drums ......................

Sorbents & Spill Control ...

Clean Up Supplies ............

Garbage Cans & Bags .......

Coatings & Cleaners .........

Dehumidifiers ...................

Air Movers & Blowers .......

Meters ..............................

Thermal Imaging ..............

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