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State Standards

Twenty-five states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have OSHA-approved State Plans, which are required to be at least as effective as Federal OSHA, but may adopt their own standards and enforcement policies. However, most have adopted standards that are identical to Federal OSHA. Other federal standards related to agricultural operations are included for reference.

Asbestos hazards are addressed in specific standards for general industry and shipyard employment. This section highlights OSHA standards, preambles to final rules (background to final rules), Federal Registers (rules, proposed rules, and notices), directives (instructions for compliance officers), standard interpretations (official letters of interpretation of the standards) related to asbestos.

General Industry (29 CFR 1910)

  • 1910 Subpart Z, Toxic and hazardous substances [related topic page]
    • 1910.1001, Asbestos
      • Appendix A, OSHA reference method - Mandatory
      • Appendix B, Detailed procedure for asbestos sampling and analysis - Non-mandatory
      • Appendix C, Qualitative and quantitative fit testing procedures - Mandatory
      • Appendix D, Medical questionnaires; Mandatory
      • Appendix E, Interpretation and classification of chest roentgenograms - Mandatory
      • Appendix F, Work practices and engineering controls for automotive brake and clutch inspection, disassembly, repair and assembly - Mandatory
      • Appendix G, Substance technical information for asbestos - Non-mandatory
      • Appendix H, Medical surveillance guidelines for asbestos - Non-mandatory
      • Appendix I, Smoking cessation program information For asbestos - Non-mandatory
      • Appendix J, Polarized light microscopy of asbestos - Non-mandatory [Also see: Polarized Light Microscopy of Asbestos. OSHA Method ID-191, (1992, December).]

Shipyard Employment (29 CFR 1915)

  • 1915 Subpart Z, Toxic and hazardous substances
    • 1915.1001, Asbestos
      • Appendix A, OSHA reference method - Mandatory
      • Appendix B, Detailed procedure for asbestos sampling and analysis - Non-mandatory
      • Appendix C, Qualitative and quantitative fit testing procedures - Mandatory
      • Appendix D, Medical questionnaires; Mandatory
      • Appendix E, Interpretation and classification of chest roentgenograms - Mandatory
      • Appendix F, Work practices and engineering controls for class I asbestos operations - Non-mandatory
      • Appendix G, [Reserved]
      • Appendix H, Substance technical information for asbestos - Non-mandatory
      • Appendix I, Medical surveillance guidelines for asbestos - Non-mandatory
      • Appendix J, Smoking cessation program information for asbestos - Non-mandatory
      • Appendix K, Polarized light microscopy of asbestos - Non-mandatory [Also see: Polarized Light Microscopy of Asbestos. OSHA Method ID-191, (1992, December).]
      • Appendix L, Work practices and engineering controls for automotive brake and clutch inspection, disassembly, repair and assembly - Mandatory

For information related to the construction, see OSHA's Asbestos - Construction page.

Preambles to Final Rules
Federal Registers
Directives
Standard Interpretations

Scope

Asbestos removal

Sampling & analysis, and characteristics of asbestos-containing materials

Friction materials, including brakes

Building evaluation and use

Worker protection

Emergency Response

Other Resources
  • The Asbestos Advisor. OSHA Expert Systems. Provides interactive compliance assistance. Once installed on your PC, it can interview you about buildings and worksites, and the kinds of tasks workers perform there. It will produce guidance on how the Asbestos Standard may apply to those buildings.
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