Despite the well-known dangers of asbestos, it is still frequently encountered in various industries. For example, mechanics may be exposed to asbestos when performing brake and clutch repairs. Construction workers can be exposed if they disturb asbestos material during the renovation or demolition of buildings.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforces the following standards found in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) to protect workers from asbestos exposure:
The standards applicable to the construction and shipyard industries divide work activities into four classes, with Class I being the most hazardous.
OSHA also enforces worker exposure limits for asbestos. Employers are often required to conduct exposure monitoring, although testing requirements vary depending on whether construction and ship work or general industry work is involved. Employers are also required to create controlled zones to protect employees where work with asbestos is performed. Access to these regulated areas must be controlled, with only authorized personnel wearing proper respiratory protection permitted to access it.
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