Asphalt Fume Exposures During the Manufacture of Asphalt Roofing Products
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2001-127
This document represents the collaborative efforts of industry, labor, and government to protect the health of workers exposed to asphalt fumes during the manufacture of asphalt roofing products. Current engineering controls and work practices are presented for reducing worker exposures to asphalt fumes during the manufacturing process. These prevention methods are the cornerstone of public and occupational health.
This document is the result of a public meeting convened on July 22 and 23, 1996, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Participants discussed engineering controls and work practices for controlling exposures to asphalt fumes in the roofing industry. Although the health risks from asphalt exposure are not yet fully defined, all partners agreed that prudent action was needed to reduce worker exposures. They decided to produce a joint document that would describe engineering controls and work practices to reduce worker exposure to asphalt fumes during the manufacture of asphalt roofing products. The willingness of all partners to work together in this effort should serve as a model for others who are developing occupational safety and health recommendations. This document was truly a joint effort. I would like to thank the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers’ Association (ARMA), the Asphalt Institute (AI), and the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers, and Allied Workers for their cooperation and hard work.