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Including change 1, 7 December 2006
release breathable fibers depends on the material's degree of friability. Friable means
that the material can be crumbled with hand pressure. When working around materials
suspected of containing asbestos, it is important not to bump, brush or disturb the
materials in any way. Wetting the materials can help to reduce the emission of fibers.
Refer to Table 1-3.
Note: Employees who are not qualified to work with asbestos are not to handle or
remove materials containing asbestos fibers. Refer to 29 CFR 1910.1001 (Asbestos) or
29 CFR 1926.1101 (Asbestos) for worker qualifications and requirements for handling
asbestos containing materials.
Table 1-3. Precautionary Steps to Minimize Asbestos Exposure
1. Prior to disturbance, have unknown material tested for
2. Keep unknown fibers off clothing. Wear disposable coveralls.
3. Wear proper respiratory protection: either full face or half face
respirators with P-100 Filter if working with fibrous materials.
4. After working with materials, wash hands prior to eating,
drinking or taking a break.
MISHAP RESPONSE. Each worker should know what to do when a mishap
occurs. Additionally, each worker should know how to report injuries and other
Knowing What to Do. Table 1-4 summarizes the first aid knowledge
required of each worker. As a preplanning aid, an emergency telephone number list
should be prepared to include the location and telephone numbers of the nearest
ambulance or emergency medical treatment responders, the nearest hospital with an
emergency room, the nearest helicopter evacuation service, and the nearest burn
trauma center. A medical professional must evaluate all shock victims for possible
Table 1-4. Knowing What to Do
How to control bleeding and apply artificial respiration and
and manhole rescues of mishap victims. Familiarity with
electric shock symptoms.
Location, contents, and use of first aid kits and where located
in electric line and aerial lift vehicles. How to get medical