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Asbestos (Construction)
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This topic covers OSHA’s construction industry standard for asbestos (29 CFR 1926.1101), which regulates all employers involved in construction work.

Most asbestos-related construction activities involve previously installed building materials. In particular, thermal system insulation and surfacing materials, such as flooring installed no later than 1980, are presumed to contain asbestos unless they are analyzed and shown to be asbestos-free. Building owners and employers have a responsibility to exercise diligence to identify any ACM and to communicate this information to the employees.

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Directives 02/06/1989 - CPL 2.34 CH-4 - Change to the Construction Standard Alleged Violation Elements (SAVEs) Manual. 07/18/2003National
Violations 2009 Violation Summary for Asbestos - Construction  National
Violations 2011 Violation Summary for Asbestos - Construction  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1926.1101 Asbestos  National
Interpretations After changing protective clothing for a lunch break, it should not be reused for the balance of the shift.[1926.1101] 06/21/1993National
Interpretations Aggressive vs non-aggressive removal of asbestos-containing flooring material; negative exposure assessment methods for direct and indirect employee exposures.[1926.1101] 05/07/2003National
Interpretations Applicable asbestos standard for replacing a rubber encapsulated asbestos gasket.[1910.1001; 1926.1101] 09/10/2003National
Interpretations Application of Asbestos Standards to repair and maintenance operations.[1926.1101; 1910.1001; 1910.12(b)] 09/26/2001National
Interpretations Application of construction standard to demolition operations involving material less than 1% asbestos.[1926.1101; 1926.1101(g)(1)(ii); 1926.1101(g)(1)(iii)] 10/27/2003National
Interpretations Application of the Asbestos Standard to the removal of ACM debris and intact material.[1926.1101(b); 1926.1101(g)] 08/26/2002National
Regulatory Analysis Asbestos (Construction)  National
Handouts Asbestos in Construction (PDF)  National
Quizzes Asbestos in Construction (PDF)  National
Quizzes Asbestos in Construction (PDF) -- Spanish  National
Handouts Asbestos in Construction (PDF) -- Spanish  National
Trainer's Outlines Asbestos in Construction (PDF) [7-Minute Safety Trainer] (short outline)  National
Meetings Asbestos in Construction (Word)  National
Quizzes Asbestos in Construction (Word)  National
Interpretations Asbestos Standard for Construction.[1910.1001; 1926.1101] 09/04/1996National
Guidance Documents Asbestos Standard for the Construction Industry  National
Interpretations Asbestos standard: Joint compound is not a surfacing material. 05/14/1998National
Interpretations Asbestos standard: Written opinion from the examining physician. 05/05/1998National
Interpretations Asbestos surveying and sampling associated with the remodeling, renovation, and demolition of buildings. 08/20/1997National
Interpretations Asbestos tests, evaluations, and sample collections: qualified persons. 07/01/1998National
Interpretations Building owner's requirement to determine and communicate the hazrds from installed ACM and PACM [1926.1101(b); 1926.1101(k)(1); 1926.1101(k)(2); 1926.1101(k)(3)] 09/06/2005National
Interpretations Clarification of "surfacing material" under the asbestos standard. 06/18/1999National
Interpretations Clarification of Asbestos Standard for construction. 06/28/1996National
Interpretations Clarification of Asbestos standard. 08/26/1996National
Interpretations Clarification on number of employees required for glovebag removal operations.[1926.1101; 1926.1101(g)(5)(ii)(B)(9)] 07/13/2009National
Interpretations Class III asbestos work: training, medical surveillance, PPE, and surfacing materials. 04/21/1998National
Interpretations Classification of asbestos work for employees performing asbestos inspections and obtaining bulk samples. 04/28/1997National
Interpretations Compliance requirements for renovation work involving material containing less than 1% asbestos.[1926.1101; 1926.1101(e); 1926.1101(f)(2); 1926.1101(f)(5); 1926.1101(f)(6); 1926.1101(g)(1); 1926.1101(g)(3); 1926.1101(g)(8)(ii); 1926.1101 11/24/2003National
Interpretations Compliance with OSHA's Asbestos Standard-Composite Bulk Samples. 02/07/1997National
Interpretations Construction Asbestos Standard. 08/01/1997National
Interpretations Construction Asbestos Standard. 09/03/1997National
Interpretations Construction industry asbestos standard definition of "regulated area" and requirements for work involving materials of <1% asbestos for demolition and sheetrock projects 02/01/2005National
Interpretations Construction industry asbestos standard, 1926.1101, as applied to the demolition of buildings containing installed asbestos.[1926.1101] 06/27/2005National
Interpretations Contractor responsibilities for health and safety when removing asbestos-containing materials from private dwellings. 10/16/2008National
Interpretations Correct manner to interpret air sample measurements of an employee's asbestos exposure when the samples are overloaded. [1926.1101; 1926.1101(c)(1); 1926.1101(f)(1)] 01/17/2006National
Interpretations Employee notification as covered under 29 CFR 1926.26(d)(8)(i).[1926.62] 04/04/1995National
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