Standard Interpretations - Table of Contents|
| Standard Number:||1910.1001(k)(6); 1926.1101(l)(2)|
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"Waste disposal. Asbestos waste, scrap, debris, bags, containers, equipment, and contaminated clothing consigned for disposal shall be collected and disposed of in sealed, labeled, impermeable bags or other closed, labeled, impermeable containers..." (Note: Rule 29 CFR 1910.1001(k)(6) in the General Industry Asbestos Standard is essentially, but not exactly, the same.)The requirement that the bags be impermeable forces the quality of the bags to be high enough to fit the situation. An impermeable bag is a bag that is not only made of material that dust cannot penetrate, but is also a bag that is not punctured or torn in the particular situation of its use. If an employer cannot find a bag that does not tear or puncture in a particular situation, then the employer must use another type of container that does not tear or puncture.
|Standard Interpretations - Table of Contents|
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