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Monmouth Workers’ Comp: Asbestos Risks for Mechanics – Part 2

Monmouth Workers’ Comp Asbestos Risks for Mechanics – Part 2       Monmouth Workers’ Comp: Asbestos Risks for Mechanics – Part 2

Last week, we talked about how asbestos can be a hazard for auto mechanics, and looked at what components of a vehicle typically contain asbestos. This type of awareness is important for your auto related clients to know, however they should also understand how asbestos spreads and what safety measures to take to protect their staff.

Asbestos spreads with asbestos-containing materials are disturbed or damaged. What happens is that they release a dust filled with microscopic asbestos fibers into the air. With vehicles, the very nature of brake and clutch functions causes consistent abrasion, and this releases the imbedded asbestos fibers.

The problem with this is that these asbestos fibers can be even further spread into the surrounding air in an auto shop due to the vacuums used to clean the work area during and after a job. The fibers can linger in the air long after a job is complete, and can spread as much as 75 feet from the work area. Asbestos can even be carried home on workers’ clothing, exposing their families to the hazardous material.

So, what can your auto shop clients do? The EPA and OSHA recommends that for shops performing more than five brake or clutch jobs a week, they utilize one of the following cleanup methods:

  • Negative-Pressure Enclosure/HEPA Vacuum System Method. This type of enclosure and vacuum system features a special box with clear plastic windows that fit tightly around a brake or clutch assembly to prevent asbestos exposure.
  • Low Pressure/Wet Cleaning Method. This specially designed low-pressure spray equipment wets the brake assembly and catches the asbestos-contaminated runoff in a special basin to reduce or prevent airborne brake dust from spreading.

For shops performing less than five brake or clutch jobs a week, OSHA recommends:

  • The Wet Wipe Method. This method uses a spray bottle or amended water at low pressure to wet all brake and clutch parts. These parts can then be wiped with a cloth.

At Associated Specialty Insurance Agency, Inc. (ASIA), we understand the Monmouth Workers’ Comp Risks faced by Auto Mechanics and various other professionals and industries. Please contact us today at (866) 679-7457 to learn more about our products and services.

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