Asbestos Safety

Asbestos is defined as a fibrous mineral that is resistant to heat and corrosion. Asbestos can be found in products such as floor tile, vehicle brakes and building materials. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recognizes six types of asbestos. Those are chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, tremolite, anthophyllite and actinolite. There are also materials created out of these that have been chemically treated or altered. Occupations like that of auto mechanics, bricklayers, demolition workers, plumbers, and longshoreman often are exposed to asbestos. The U.S. Department of Health and Humans Services determined that asbestos is a carcinogen and therefore causes cancer. Asbestos health risks usually result from the inhalation of the fibers. It is important that employers have safety measures in regards to those employees exposed to asbestos. TrainingABC offers a selection of asbestos safety training videos for your employee safety needs. Review the training program library and the free video previews on the product descriptions. [ continue reading ]
Both OSHA and the EPA regulate asbestos due to its potentially hazardous effects. OSHA has standards for the shipyard industry, construction industry and general industry. The OSHA final rule to include standards for the shipyard industry was made in 1994. It is required that employers “provide personal exposure monitoring to assess the risk and hazard awareness training” to those working in conditions where they are exposed to asbestos. There is no known safe level of exposure to asbestos and various factors like exposure concentration, duration, frequency, and the size, shape, and chemical makeup of the asbestos fibers themselves. Twenty-five states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have OSHA-approved State Plans to have standards in regards to workplace exposure to asbestos.

To maintain a safe and efficient workplace, employers must make it a priority to train their staff well and provide in-depth information on the dangers of asbestos. Because the long-term effects of asbestos are not often realized until more than 15 years after the initial contact with the mineral, it is of the utmost importance that all employees understand how their health could be affected in the long run. Asbestos become trapped in the lungs through inhalation and although most escape, there is always a chance that some fibers could cause a build up in the lungs leading to irreversible scarring and inflammation. That build up of asbestos fibers could introduce breathing issues and irritation, further increasing the risk of disease. Some types of asbestos are more volatile and durable than others, and may cause a number of serious health problems down the line like lung cancer, mesothelioma or asbestos's.

Failure to comply with state regulation standards for exposure to asbestos can result in possible fines to the employer and health complications to the employee. There is also the risk of losing business and the cost of hiring new employees. Adequate asbestos safety training affects an entire organization, and TrainingABC is your one-stop resource for all of the training materials you should ever need to properly equip each member of your staff.
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