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NIOSH Testimony on Occupational Exposure to Asbestos, Tremolite, Anthophyllite, and Actinolite by J. D. Millar, January 24, 1991.
NIOSH 1991 May:14 pages
This testimony contains the comments of NIOSH regarding the proposed rule on occupational exposure to asbestos (1332214), tremolite (14567738), anthophyllite (17068789) and actinolite (77536664) exposures. NIOSH supports OSHA in proposing changes to the existing asbestos standard to minimize the risk of asbestos related diseases in workers. The current standard is insufficient to protect the health of workers exposed to asbestos, and the proposed changes represent a prudent and necessary approach to accomplish this goal. Specific topics addressed in this testimony include exposure limits for asbestos; methods for sampling and analysis of airborne fibers; use of time weighted averages to measure exposure; use of engineering controls, good work practices and personal protective equipment; use of engineering controls and work practices for brake and clutch repair and service; required use of specific work practices during maintenance of vinyl asbestos floor tile; housekeeping; definitions of small scale and short duration operations; exemption of roofing operations from the requirement for negative pressure enclosures; communication among employers and owners; regulated areas for asbestos removal, maintenance, demolition, and renovation operations; use of glove bags; definition of competent person; and notification to OSHA and method of notification.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Testimony; Millar-J-D; Airborne-fibers; Asbestos-fibers; Mineral-dusts; Airborne-dusts; Respiratory-system-disorders; Lung-irritants; Air-quality-monitoring;
1332-21-4; 14567-73-8; 17068-78-9; 77536-66-4;
NTIS Accession No.
Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease; Disease and Injury; Respiratory-system-disorders;
NIOSH, 14 pages, 15 references
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division