This training session about asbestos awareness. It is designed for employees who may contact or work near asbestos-containing material (known as ACM), asbestos-containing building material (known as ACBM), or presumed asbestos-containing material (known as PACM), but do not disturb it as part of their normal work activities.
Why “Asbestos Awareness” Matters:
- Asbestos was used in many building materials that were installed before 1981.
- The airborne asbestos fibers that can cause health damage are often too small to see with the naked eye.
- Asbestosis results in a loss of lung function, which progresses to disability and death. Virtually all cases of mesothelioma are linked to asbestos exposure. There is no cure for asbestos-related illnesses.
- According to the U.S. Department of Labor, an estimated
1.3 million workers face significant asbestos exposure on the job.
- Removing asbestos materials may create a hazard where none previously existed. It is important to be properly trained and aware of how to properly treat asbestos, and what to do in case of harmful exposure.
- Nonfriable or intact ACM does not discharge asbestos fibers to the atmosphere and is, therefore, not considered a health hazard.
- Use wet methods to stop any further contamination of the air.
- Do not handle or disturb asbestos-containing or presumed asbestos-containing materials.
- If you must disturb asbestos (for example, to repair a light), see your supervisor before starting work.