Asbestos Exposure Control Plan
Chemscape Safety Technologies provides industry-leading asbestos exposure control plans (ECP) based on our Chemical Hazard Assessment and Management Program (CHAMP) tool and industrial hygiene services.
What Is Asbestos?
Asbestos Is a group of six naturally occurring fibrous minerals composed of thin, needle-like fibres. Exposure to asbestos causes several cancers and lung diseases. Asbestos was originally mined and used to strengthen and fireproof materials, it has been banned in many countries due to its extreme health hazards.
Health Hazards of Asbestos Exposure
Asbestos fibres are extremely small and this allows them to be inhaled deeply into the lungs, causing various respiratory conditions. The short-term effects of asbestos exposure include fibrotic lung disease and damage to the lining of the chest cavity, both of which reduce respiratory function. The long-term effects include an increase in the risk of lung cancer and mesothelioma. Enlargement of the heart is an indirect effect of asbestos exposure that can occur when fibres increase the resistance of blood as it flows through the lungs.
Where Is Asbestos Found?
Asbestos has two properties that make it useful in many products, despite its known health risks. It’s highly insulative, which is beneficial for building insulation, cement, plaster and tiles. Asbestos is also extremely resistant to heat, making it useful for brake pads and other materials that are routinely subjected to very high heat. Asbestos can still be found in older buildings, facilities and products. Some imported products like brake pads may contain asbestos.
Asbestos is commonly found in the following products:
- Plaster and cement
- Home and building insulation
- Siding for homes and buildings
- Vehicle brake pads
- Ceiling and flooring tiles
- Insulation material for industrial furnace systems
How Are Workers Exposed to Asbestos In the Workplace?
The greatest risk of exposure to asbestos occurs when materials containing asbestos are damaged, especially if the fibres become airborne. Here are three common scenarios that cause asbestos to become airborne:
- Demolition activities , can cause materials with asbestos fibres to become airborne.
- Breakdown of asbestos containing materials overtime
- Water damage of materials that contain asbestos
Worker Responsibilities to Limit Exposure to Asbestos
Workers need to follow strict protocols and safety procedures from their employers to contain all activities that may cause a release of asbestos. Engineering controls and decontamination procedures are very important in any asbestos related activities.
Employer Responsibilities to Limit Exposure to Asbestos
Asbestos is identified as a substances of concern in many jurisdictions. Employers are legislated to follow strict protocols if asbestos is present in any workplace activities. Exposure controls plans are required in some jurisdictions that identify the employers plan to control asbestos exposure.
Industry-Leading Asbestoses Exposure Control Plans
If you have a requirement to develop a chemical management program and exposure control plan for your business the team of health and safety professionals at Chemscape Safety Technology can help you develop asbestoses exposure control plans that follow current regulations and guidelines while working in conjunction with business operations.