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Asphalt Fumes Safety and Health Topics
Asphalt Fumes

In Focus
Over a half-million workers are exposed to fumes from asphalt, a petroleum product used extensively in road paving, roofing, siding, and concrete work. Health effects from exposure to asphalt fumes include headache, skin rash, sensitization, fatigue, reduced appetite, throat and eye irritation, cough, and skin cancer.

The following questions link to information relevant to asphalt fumes in the workplace.

OSHA Standards What OSHA standards apply?
General Industry | Construction Industry
Hazard Recognition What is asphalt fume and what are the hazards of exposure to asphalt fumes?
Characteristics and Properties | Hazard Recognition | More
Possible Solutions How is asphalt fume exposure evaluated and what are some workplace solutions?
Exposure Evaluation | Possible Solutions | Case Studies
Additional Information What additional information is available?
Related Safety and Health Topics Pages | Other Resources

In Focus
Hot Topics
  • Reducing Roofers' Exposure to Asphalt Fumes. US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Publication No. 2003-107, (2003, September). Also available as a 516 KB PDF, 20 pages. This guide pertains to roofers and contractors who work with hot asphalt on roofs.
  • Construction. OSHA's Alliance Program. This is one of OSHA's Strategic Management Plan Focus Areas.
  • Construction. OSHA. A Spanish version is also available. Helps workers identify and control the hazards that cause the most serious construction-related injuries.

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Content Reviewed 03/15/2007

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