Who should be concerned about asbestos?
Anyone who might come into contact with asbestos should be aware of its dangers. Those most likely to encounter asbestos are construction workers, janitors, custodians, maintenance workers, plumbers, electricians -- anyone who comes in contact with older insulation materials. Even their family members can be at risk if proper decontamination procedures are not followed.
What are the dangers of asbestos?
Asbestos fibers are extremely small and can find their way into the smallest parts of the lungs, where they cannot be coughed out. The body's defences try to break them down, but end up causing inflammation. Ultimately, asbestosis--a serious inflammation of the lung caused by asbestos--can lead to a cancer called mesothelioma.
What are employers required to do?
OSHA's "Occupational Exposure to Asbestos" (29 CFR 1910.1101) requires that all employees who could come into contact with materials that might contain asbestos be given appropriate training on working safely in these situations.
Employees are divided into four classes. Classes I - III are employees whose work involves "installing" or "disturbing" materials that might contain Asbestos. However, the largest group of employees covered by this regulation fall into the Class IV group, which involves employees that get involved in maintenance and custodial activities to clean up waste and debris containing these type of materials.
Since many materials commonly used in buildings for many years (including ceiling tiles, vinyl flooring, and wall and pipe insulation) contain asbestos, this means that the regulation applies to virtually every custodial, janitorial and maintenance worker in the country.
How can this video help?
"Asbestos Awareness" by Marcom has been created specifically to educate employees about the dangers of working with materials that may contain asbestos. The videotape/DVD and employee booklets in the kit provide the majority of the information needed to satisfy the training requirements for Class IV employees under the OSHA regulation.
Availability: Available For Order
Language: English, Spanish
Media: DVD, VHS
Length: 14 min
Brand: National Safety Compliance