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| Standard Number:||1926.1101(b) ; 1926.1101(g)|
Q: What are asbestos spills/emergency cleanups under the Construction standard, and how are they classified?OSHA expects the competent person to determine the classification of the spill or emergency cleanup. ACM or PACM that exceeds the amount that can be contained within one standard-sized glove bag or waste bag is an example of a sizable amount.
A: Clean up of sizable amounts of asbestos waste and debris is covered by the Construction standard. However, an asbestos spill has occurred when, for example, water damage occurs in a building or facility, and sizable amounts of ACM and/or PACM are dislodged. A competent person shall evaluate the site and ACM/PACM to be handled, and based on the type, condition and extent of the dislodged material, classify the cleanup as Class I, II, or III. Only if the material was intact and the cleanup involved mere contact of ACM, rather than disturbance, could there be a Class IV classification. An example might be the collection and disposal of dislodged intact ceiling tiles. Since collecting the tiles and disposing of them can be accomplished by careful handling, and would not result in disturbance of the material, this activity would be a Class IV job. As such, it would still have to be assessed by a competent person. Wet methods, HEPA vacuuming and prompt disposal are also required.
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