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Measurement of asbestos in dust has been done extensively in the last ten years. Consequently, a large data base is now available to assist in interpreting results. A widely accepted ASTM measurement protocol exists for counting asbestos structures in dust. This author believes that this protocol is one of the most important quantitative measurements available for predicting risks associated with managing certain asbestos-containing (AC) materials in place. Research has clearly documented the exposures associated with disturbance of AC dust. Federal guidance exists for implementing the administrative portions of a proper asbestos management program, and a private sector consensus document exists to guide users in developing asbestos specific work practices necessary to operate and maintain buildings.
This paper will describe the use of dust measurements in evaluating buildings as candidates for in-place management of asbestos. It will also describe how to use these data in designing management strategies and in developing proper O&M work practices.
dust, operations & maintenance, asbestos management program, asbestos-containing dust, work practices, dust measurements
Hays, Steve M.
Chairman, Gobbell Hays Partners, Inc., Nashville, TN