Thursday, March 27, 2014

Asbestos Containing Materials

1. PURPOSE
Company name has developed guidelines to protect employees working with and around asbestos-containing materials and to comply with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1001 and OSHA 29 CFR 1926.1101, Asbestos.

2. SCOPE
RESPONSIBILITIES
Supervisors
It is the supervisor’s responsibility to comply with and ensure that this procedure is followed,                 that employees are familiar with the requirements, and operations are conducted in a safe                 manner and within applicable local, state, and federal regulations.

Employees
Employees are responsible for complying with this procedure.

3. DEFINITIONS
Asbestos-Containing Material (ACM) – Any material containing more than one percent asbestos. Asbestos includes Chrysotile, Amosite, Crocidolite, Tremolite, Anthophyllite, Actinolite, and any of these minerals that have been chemically treated and/or altered.

Class I Asbestos Work – Activities involving the removal of Thermal System Insulation (TSI) and surfacing ACM and Presumed Asbestos-containing Material (PACM).

Class II Asbestos Work – Activities involving the removal of ACM which is not thermal system insulation or surfacing material with the intention to dispose. This includes, but is not limited to, the removal of asbestos-containing wallboard, floor time and sheeting, roofing and siding shingles, and construction mastics.

Class III Asbestos Work – Repair and maintenance operations, where “ACM”, including TSI and surfacing ACM and PACM, is likely to be disturbed.

Class IV Asbestos Work – Maintenance and custodial activities during which employees contact but do not disturb ACM or PACM activities to clean up dust, waste, and debris resulting from Class I, II, and III activities.

Competent Person- In addition to the definition in 29 CFR 1926.32 (f), competent person for asbestos activities is defined as one who is capable of identifying existing asbestos hazards in the workplace and selecting the appropriate control strategy for asbestos exposure , who has the authority  to take  prompt corrective measures to eliminate them, as specified in 29 CFR 1926.32(f): in addition, for Class I and Class II work who is specially trained in a training course which meets the criteria of EPA’s Model Accreditation Plan (40 CFR 763) for supervisor, or its equivalent and, for Class III and Class IV work, who is trained in a manner consistent with EPA requirements for training of local education agency maintenance and custodial staff as set forth at 40 CFR 763.92 (a)(2).     READ MORE