WASHINGTON (Aug. 30, 2006) — Interested parties have until Oct. 23 to comment on “Current Best Practices for Preventing Asbestos Exposure Among Brake and Clutch Repair Workers,” a draft brochure from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Among other things, the brochure details the health effects caused by asbestos exposure and outlines what Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules require repair shops to do in order to minimize worker exposure. It describes the methods through which automotive repair shops can prevent asbestos exposure, including the negative-pressure enclosure/HEPA vacuum system and the low pressure/wet cleaning method.
The brochure also instructs home mechanics on how to protect themselves from asbestos exposure in the absence of professional equipment.
Once the EPA has reviewed public comments, it will fashion a final brochure. The draft brochure is available from the EPA Web site, http://www.epa.gov/asbestos/pubs/goldbooktext.html, and also may be found on the Automotive Service Association's legislative Web site, http://www.TakingTheHill.com.