The Asbestos Advisor is an interactive compliance assistance tool. 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 and that work. Its guidance depends
on your answers. It can provide general guidance and may, also, be focused
on a particular project. It provides pop-up definitions through
Version 2.0 reflects updates for revisions, corrections and clarifications
of the rule published by OSHA in Federal Register September 29, 1995 and
August 23, 1996. The program is not intended to replace or amend the official
text of the regulation, as published in 29 CFR 1910.1001 (general industry),
1915.1001 (shipbuilding), and 1926.1101 (construction). The Asbestos Advisor
computer program is intended to provide an introduction to the scope and logic
of the regulation and summary guidance to facilitate compliance. Effort has
been made to insure the accuracy of information provided by the program, but
the guidance provided by the program should not be relied upon as being
comprehensive or binding on the government. The Asbestos Advisor's option
listed as "Provide detailed text of regulations" allows the user to
view and print the full regulation texts associated with selected topics.
Users are encouraged to subsequently read the full text of the OSHA Asbestos
Standards (29 CFR 1910, 1915, and 1926), and to seek appropriate legal
OSHA gratefully acknowledges the valuable assistance and comments provided
by numerous private individuals and industry, labor and public interest
organizations during the development of this program.
The program includes five main functions:
- General guidance
- Individual project guidance
- Answers to frequently asked questions about asbestos
- Detailed text of regulations
This program was developed and is distributed by the U.S. Department of Labor,
Occupational Safety and Health Administration, under the direction of Carol
Jones, Wanda Bissell, and Edward Stern. Jack Powasnik and Edith Nash of the
Office of the Solicitor of Labor, provided valuable assistance and comments.
System analysis and programming services were provided by CONSAD Research
Corporation and DynCorp I&ET Inc., under the direction of Ronald Bird,
with the assistance of Alan Bernstein, Sigrid Cleland and Michael Shefler. The
program was developed in conjunction with the EXSYS expert systems development
tool and the distribution version of the program uses the EXSYS Runtime
program core. EXSYS is a trademark of EXSYS Corporation, Albuquerque, N.M.,
and use of its products is governed by a license granted by EXSYS to the U.S.
Department of Labor.
Send your questions, comments or suggestions to:
Directorate of Standards and Guidance
U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Avenue, NW.
Washington, D.C. 20210
Note: This interactive expert program
provides guidance, much as you would get from a pamphlet. It is NOT a
substitute for the standards.
How to Install the Asbestos Advisor 2.0
The OSHA Asbestos Advisor
Expert System for Windows (ASBW) is distributed as a single
file, asbestos.zip (Asbestos Advisor).
- FIRST, open EXPLORE (or other
file manager) and make a new folder named C:\TEMPASBW.
- Download the software file,
asbestos.zip, (by clicking on the download link below) and SAVE it in the
- Go to C:\TEMPASBW and double
click on asbestos.zip. The install wizard will guide you through the setup.
- Go to START, Programs, and
then OSHA Advisors then Asbestos Expert Advisor then
Run Asbestos Expert Advisor to run the program.
If you need to save hard disk
space, you can delete asbestos.zip and C:\TEMPASBW.
The highlighted words are "key words" defined in a glossary.
You can view them while you are using the program. To view a highlighted
word, double click your mouse on the word.
To access the information in the zipped format file below, you will need to
install WinZip or the equivalent. A free evaluation of WinZip is available for download.
Download the Asbestos Advisor 2.0*
Contact the OSHA Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management at
(202) 693-2300 for assistance accessing ZIP materials.
*These files are provided for downloading.