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Controlling the exposure to asbestos can be done through engineering controls, administrative actions, and personal protective equipment (PPE). Engineering controls include such things as isolating the source and using ventilation systems. Administrative actions include limiting the workers exposure time and providing showers. Personal protective equipment include wearing the proper respiratory protection and clothing. The following resources contain information to help control asbestos exposures.


Precautions to prevent exposure to asbestos in friction products (brakes and clutches).

Operations and maintenance (O&M) practices are used to control hazards of asbestos.
  • Asbestos in Buildings Publications. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Offers building owners guidance to  understand technical issues, determine if asbestos is present in a building, plan a control program, and choose the course of further action if necessary. Order from the TSCA Hot Line.
    • Managing Asbestos In Place, A Building Owner's Guide to Operations and Maintenance Programs for Asbestos-Containing Materials (Green Book). (1990, July).
    • Guidance for Controlling Asbestos-Containing Materials in Buildings (Purple Book). (1985, June).
  • Guidance manual, asbestos operations & maintenance work practices, 2nd edition. Washington (DC): National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS); 1996. Provides detailed guidance to building owners, asbestos program managers, and operations and maintenance (O&M) workers for managing asbestos-containing materials (ACM) in buildings. The manual addresses four different types of ACM found in buildings and three different levels of precaution which may be warranted by specific building conditions.
  • Asbestos Operation and Maintenance Program. The University of Texas at Austin, Environmental Health & Safety, (1996, November).
  • Asbestos Operations and Maintenance Program Online. Virginia Tech, Environmental, Health and Safety Services. Provides standard work practices and procedures including education and training, occupant awareness, building surveys, inspections and hazards, exposure monitoring, recordkeeping and management.
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