Twenty-five states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have OSHA-approved State Plans and have adopted their own standards and enforcement policies. For the most part, these states adopt standards that are identical to Federal OSHA. However, some states have adopted different standards applicable to this topic or may have different enforcement policies.
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.
Assigned Protection Factors; Final Rule. Final Rules 71:50121-50192, (2006, August 24). Revises the existing Respiratory Protection Standard to add definitions and requirements for Assigned Protection Factors (APFs) and Maximum Use Concentrations (MUCs). The revisions also supersede the respirator selection provisions of existing substance-specific standards, including the Asbestos Standards, with these new APFs.
Shipyard Employment "Tool Bag" Directive. CPL 02-00-157, (2014, April 1). Provides OSHA offices, interested industry representatives, State Plan programs and federal agencies with guidance concerning the application of occupational safety and health standards in shipyard employment. Also, this instruction provides current information and ensures the consistent enforcement of OSHA's shipyard employment standards (29 CFR Part 1915).
OSHA Asbestos Standard. (1996, March 4). Answers several questions concerning the general industry asbestos standard.
Exposure monitoring requirements. (1993, August 19). Equivalent methods and samplers. States that the exposure monitoring requirements be evaluated using the OSHA Reference Method (ORM). If an alternative method to the ORM is used, certain criteria must be met.
The protection of employees working with automotive brakes. (1995, December 11). Addresses the control of asbestos fibers during the inspection process, during the use of aerosol products, and when asbestos fibers have contaminated the working surface of the repair or inspection area of the establishment.
OSHA Asbestos Standard. (1996, January 24). Discusses clarification on three issues related to the asbestos standard: warning labels and signs, training for Class III workers, and when working at costumer locations.
(OSHA) revised asbestos standard. (1995, May 8). Discusses three issues: the training required for a floor maintenance worker, the requirement to identify asbestos-containing floors, and the possible OSHA penalties for non-compliance.
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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