Department of Labor Seal photos representing the workforce - digital imagery© copyright 2001 photodisc, inc.
Department of Labor Seal  [skip navigational links] Search    Advanced Search | A-Z Index
Asbestos Safety and Health Topics

In Focus
Asbestos is well recognized as a health hazard and is highly regulated. An estimated 1.3 million employees in the construction and general industry face significant asbestos exposure on the job. Heaviest exposures occur in the construction industry, particularly during the removal of asbestos during renovation or demolition. Employees are also likely to be exposed during the manufacture of asbestos products (such as textiles, friction products, insulation, and other building materials) and during automotive brake and clutch repair work.

OSHA and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asbestos rules are intertwined.

The following questions link to information relevant to asbestos in the workplace.

OSHA Standards What OSHA standards apply?
Standards | Preambles to Final Rules | Federal Registers | Directives | More
Construction What information is available for the construction industry?
Alliances | OSHA Standards | Hazards | Evaluating Exposure | Control | More
Hazards What are the hazards of asbestos?
Evaluating Exposure How is asbestos exposure evaluated?
Medical surveillance | Exposure monitoring | Bulk sample analysis
Control What controls are used to protect workers?
Automotive | Facilities | Other
Additional Information What additional information is available?
Related Safety and Health Topics Pages | Training | Other Resources

In Focus
Hot Topics

Hurricane Recovery
  • Assigned Protection Factors; Final Rule. OSHA Federal Register Final Rules 71:50121-50192, (2006, August 24). Revises the existing Respiratory Protection Standard to add definitions and requirements for Assigned Protection Factors (APFs) and Maximum Use Concentrations (MUCs). The revisions also supersede the respirator selection provisions of existing substance-specific standards, including the Asbestos Standards, with these new APFs.
  • Asbestos-Automotive Brake and Clutch Repair Work. OSHA Safety and Health Bulletin  (SHIB), (2006, July 26). Also available as a 30 KB PDF, 5 pages.
 Safety and
 Health Topics
  OSHA Standards
  Evaluating Exposure
Content Reviewed 08/19/2008

Accessibility Assistance
Contact the OSHA Directorate of Science, Technology and Medicine at 202-693-2300 for assistance accessing OSHA PDF materials.

Back to TopBack to Top

Contact Us | Freedom of Information Act | Customer Survey
Privacy and Security Statement | Disclaimers
Occupational Safety & Health Administration
200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20210
Page last updated: 08/19/2008