Asphalt Emissions Including Fumes

applying hot asphalt to a roof

NIOSH Resources

NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2005-149
Exposure limits, Respirator Recommendations, First Aid, more…
The Pocket Guide is a source of general industrial hygiene information on several hundred chemicals/classes found in the work environment. Key data provided for each chemical/substance includes name (including synonyms/trade names), structure/formula, CAS/RTECS numbers, DOT ID, conversion factors, exposure limits, IDLH, chemical and physical properties, measurement methods, personal protection, respirator recommendations, symptoms, and first aid.

NIOSH Manual of Analytical Methods (NMAM)
NMAM is a collection of methods for sampling and analysis of contaminants in workplace air, and in the blood and urine of workers who are occupationally exposed.

International Chemical Safety Cards
An ICSC summarizes essential health and safety information on chemicals for their use at the “shop floor” level by workers and employers in factories, agriculture, construction and other work places.

Reducing Roofers’ Exposure to Asphalt Fumes
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2003-107 (September 2003)
This guide is for roofers and contractors who work with hot asphalt on roofs. The guide lists steps for reducing exposure to asphalt fumes.

Asphalt Fume Exposures During the Application of Hot Asphalt to Roofs
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2003-112 (June 2003)
This document represents a collaborative effort of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), 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 (UURWAW) to reduce worker exposures to asphalt fumes during the application of hot asphalt to roofs. The document describes the application of hot asphalt to roofs, identifies steps in the process that may involve worker exposure to asphalt fumes, and identifies current engineering controls and work practices used to reduce exposures.

Asphalt Fume Exposures During the Manufacture of Asphalt Roofing Products
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2001-127 (August 2001)
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.

Hazard Review: Health Effects of Occupational Exposure to Asphalt
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2001-110 (December 2000)
This document is an evaluation of the health effects and other relevant data that have become available since publication of the 1977 NIOSH document . It includes an assessment of chemistry, health, and exposure data from studies in animals and humans exposed to raw asphalt, paving and roofing asphalt-fume condensates, and asphalt-based paints. Most important, the document serves as a basis for identifying future research to reduce occupational exposures to asphalt.

Engineering Control Guidelines for Hot Mix Asphalt Pavers
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 97-105 (January 1997)
These guidelines originate from a collaborative effort by industry, government, and labor to develop and implement engineering controls for the asphalt paving industry

NIOSHTIC-2 search results on Asphalt Fumes
NIOSHTIC-2 is a searchable bibliographic database of occupational safety and health publications, documents, grant reports, and journal articles supported in whole or in part by NIOSH.

Related Resources

Best Practice Engineering Control Guidelines to Control Worker Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica during Asphalt Pavement Milling – DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2015–105, March 2015

OSHA Hazard Recognition: Asphalt Fumes

OSHA Safety and Health Topics: Asphalt Fumes

Concise International Chemical Assessment Documents (CICAD 59): Asphalt (bitumen)
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