Federal Asbestos Agencies: Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA),
Department of Labor13 Other Federal Asbestos Activities
OSHA sets and enforces workplace safety and health standards, and provides training, outreach and education to encourage continual improvement in workplace safety and health. An estimated 1.3 million employees in construction and general industry face significant asbestos exposure on the job. Heaviest exposures occur in the construction industry, particularly during the removal of asbestos during renovation or demolition. Employees are also likely to be exposed during the manufacture of asbestos products (such as textiles, friction products, insulation, and other building materials) and during automotive brake and clutch repair work. OSHA highly regulates asbestos in the workplace by requiring actions such as engineering controls and the use of personal protective equipment to reduce worker exposure to asbestos. For example, OSHA is currently updating its asbestos guidance aimed at automotive brake and clutch repair workers.
Courtesy of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency