March 19, 2019

OSHA Information for Workers Dealing with Asbestos in Idaho

Asbestos, a group of minerals used for many years in manufacture and construction, is carcinogenic (mesothelioma cancer-causing) when inhaled or ingested. Unfortunately, even with these health risks, the US government has still not banned its use.

As an Idaho worker, you may still come into contact with this harmful substance. As such, it is important that you understand the OSHA regulations associated with its use. You might come into contact with asbestos when:

  • Manufacturing asbestos-containing products
  • Performing brake or clutch repairs
  • Disturbing asbestos-containing materials during demolition and repairs of buildings
  • Renovating or demolishing asbestos-containing ships

The permissible exposure limits (PEL) for workers in any environment is not to exceed 0.1 asbestos fiber per square centimeter average for an eight hour work shift and not more than 1 fiber per square centimeter for 30 minutes of short term exposure.

If you are exposed to asbestos at a higher level than the PEL, your employer must, at a minimum, provide a respirator, full body protective clothing such as coveralls, head coverings, gloves and foot coverings. If there is a risk of eye irritation, then goggles or face shields must be worn.

For more information, refer to the OSHA fact sheet on asbestos exposure.

If you or a loved one lived or worked in Idaho and has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact our experienced Idaho mesothelioma lawyers today by emailing or calling 1-877 LOSS RECOVER (567-7732) for your free case evaluation.