STP1133

    The Effectiveness of Decontamination Procedures Used by Asbestos Abatement Workers

    Published: Jan 1992


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    Abstract

    Asbestos abatement workers are routinely exposed to high levels of carcinogenic fibers in the course of their work. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration mandates a two step defense against the possibility that these fibers will be carried off the job site by the workers, endangering those around them. First, protective clothing is worn to minimize contamination of skin, hair and underclothing. Secondly, workers are required to take decontamination showers and all underclothing is laundered in a specified manner. This study, which evaluated the effectiveness of these decontamination procedures, indicates that these procedures may not be completely effective in asbestos removal.

    Keywords:

    Asbestos, decontamination, protective apparel


    Author Information:

    Jose, DJ
    Technical Manager, DuPont's Tyvek® Market and Product Development Group, Richmond, Virginia

    Salzenberg, CH
    Account Manager, Tyvek® Market Development Group, Wilmington, Delaware


    Paper ID: STP19184S

    Committee/Subcommittee: F23.60

    DOI: 10.1520/STP19184S


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