OSHA Asbestos Standards--Routine Maintenance

April 1, 2000 | Healthcare Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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Healthcare facilities often unknowingly trigger the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) asbestos standards when conducting routine maintenance tasks that contact or disturb asbestos‑containing material (ACM) or presumed asbestos‑containing material (PACM).

Asbestos was commonly used in building materials up to 1981. If a building was constructed before 1981, OSHA requires that thermal system insulation (TSI), surfacing material, and asphalt and vinyl flooring be designated as PACM unless sample testing proves otherwise. Construction or installation of materials after 1981 does not relieve the building owner...

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