Dealing with Asbestos Exposure

One of the topics that Conney Safety gets plenty of calls on from both companies and individuals is asbestos exposure, particularly from individuals that are responsible for going into older buildings. The first step is simply knowing where asbestos hazards may exist and recognizing the need for personal protection. Some of the more common places to find asbestos are:

  • Roofing and siding shingles
  • Vinyl floor tiles
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Paints and spray-on coatings
  • Pipe wrapping

Other places that are not often considered but should be are:

  • Light fixture backing
  • Electrical equipment and wiring
  • Wood stove heat reflectors
  • Artificial fireplace logs
  • Door covers and gaskets on HVAC units
  • Fuse box paneling

Please be certain to assess your work environment for potential asbestos hazards and then take steps to acquire the proper PPE, particularly respiratory protection. Respiratory protection is often addressed through the use of a half mask respirator along with P100 filters. Other PPE to consider would include nitrile gloves, disposable clothing such as Tyvek, goggles and shoe covers.

Comments are closed.