Asbestos awareness training is required for employees whose work activities may come into contact with asbestos containing material (ACM) or presumed asbestos containing material (PACM).
Asbestos has historically been used in the manufacture of heat-resistant clothing, automotive brake and clutch linings, and a variety of building materials including insulation, soundproofing, floor tiles, roofing felts, ceiling tiles, asbestos-cement pipe and sheet, and fire-resistant drywall. Asbestos may also be present in pipe and boiler insulation materials, pipeline wrap, and in sprayed-on materials located on beams, in crawlspaces, and between walls.
Friable asbestos material can be crumbled with hand pressure and is therefore likely to emit fibers. The fibrous or fluffy sprayed-on materials used for fireproofing, insulation, or sound proofing are friable, and they readily release airborne fibers if disturbed. Materials such as vinyl-asbestos floor tile or roofing felts are considered nonfriable and generally do not emit airborne fibers unless subjected to sanding or sawing operations. Asbestos cement pipe or sheet can emit airborne fibers if the materials are cut, abraded, or sawed, or if they are broken during demolition operations.
Prolonged exposure to asbestos fibers has been shown to cause asbestosis, mesotheliomas, and various other types of cancer.
Employees must observe posted signs and/or labels identifying asbestos containing material (ACM) and/or presumed asbestos containing material (PACM). ACM and PACM must not be disturbed. Asbestos presents a health hazard when asbestos containing material is disturbed or removed so as to cause asbestos fibres to become airborne. Inhalation of these fibres can lead to serious respiratory health problems.
Contact your supervisor before removing any fibre looking material you may encounter. If it is found that Pipeworx will have to work in an area where asbestos is present, we will take the necessary measures to reduce exposure by putting in safe work procedures, engineering controls (if possible), work practices, hygiene practices and facilities to ensure the time weighted average exposure of a worker to any of the forms of asbestos is reduced to the lowest level practical and in any case shall not exceed 0.1 fibres/cubic cm.
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