Something More about Asbestos

What are Asbestos?

Asbestos are mineral fibers which include six kinds of asbestos, such as chrysotile is the most common one. Asbestos fibers are soft, insulated against thermal and sound, and resist against high temperature, acid, corrosion and abrasion. Therefore, asbestos have widely application in commerce, public utilities and industrial facilities. Such as fire-resistant asbestos textiles, pipes, asbestos-cement products (insulation boards), and various insulation materials used in construction, electrical appliances, automobiles, household goods.

 

Occupational safety and health administration(U.S.)/Safety and health/Asbestos:  https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/asbestos/

Asbestos application in industries

Actually, asbestos is still a widely applied materials in many industries. Health and safety international magazine reported there are some Industries presenting high risk of asbestos exposure, which include asbestos mining and processing, insulation installation, power generation, construction, textile production, shipbuilding, firefighting and boiler maintenance.

On the other hand, some workers face moderate or lower levels risk of asbestos exposure, such as agriculture, chemical production, railroad maintenance, oil refinery and metal works, HVAC maintenance, electrical work, engineering, plumbing and paper milling.

 

Health & safety international magazine: How Occupational Asbestos Exposure Impacts Your Health/ Published: 17-05-16:  http://www.hsimagazine.com/news-story.php?news_story_id=119

Legislative protection for safety at workplace

According to European agency for health and safety at work issued Directive 2009/148/EC - exposure to asbestos at work on 30th November 2009, it erects the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to asbestos at work.

the acceptable density of asbestos fibers is “the single maximum limit value for airborne concentration of asbestos is 0.1 fibers per cm3 as an eight-hour time-weighted average (TWA).”

The regulation asking employer should ensure protection, including: providing proper personal protective equipment, putting up warning signs and preventing the spread of asbestos dust. Furthermore, employers also should provide appropriate training for workers.

 

Directive 2009/148/EC: https://osha.europa.eu/en/legislation/directives/2009-148-ec-exposure-to-asbestos-at-work