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).
Subpart Z, Toxic and hazardous substances. OSHA Standard.
- Appendix F, Work practices
and engineering controls for automotive brake and clutch inspection, disassembly, repair
and assembly - Mandatory
Asbestos-Automotive Brake and Clutch Repair Work. OSHA Safety and
Health Information Bulletin (SHIB), (2006, July 26). Also available as
a 30 KB
PDF, 5 pages.
- Information for Auto
Mechanics. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Examines
exposure opportunities among auto mechanics involved with brake
linings, clutch facings, and other friction materials. [References
Current Best Practices for Preventing Asbestos Exposure Among Brake
and Clutch Repair Workers,
Control of Asbestos Exposure During Brake Drum Service. US
Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), National Institute for
Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Publication No. 89-121, (1989,
August). Presents recommendations for engineering controls and work
practices to reduce exposure to asbestos during brake maintenance
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).
- 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.