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Reducing Worker Exposure to Asphalt Fumes from Roofing Kettles

February 2007
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2007-115
cover page of 2007-115

Roofers, particularly kettle operators, may be exposed to asphalt fumes when asphalt is heated in roofing kettles for built-up roof construction. Asphalt fumes have been associated with a number of health risks. NIOSH examined two engineering controls for reducing exposure to asphalt fumes: fume-suppressing asphalt and after burner and loader systems.