Asbestos in construction

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Description

This factsheet explains what asbestos is, its health effects, who is at risk and where it may be found. It does not cover asbestos removal operations. The factsheet gives some basic examples of good practice, but does not provide detailed guidance. It recommends that users contact the relevant enforcing authority or other bodies if they suspect that they may be exposed to asbestos at work, as national legislation may provide detailed requirements.

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Sector / Industry covered: 
CONSTRUCTION
Cleaning activities
Provider: 
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
Tasks covered: 
Cleaning or Disinfecting
Construction
Hazard - physical state: 
Fibres
Hazard - health effects: 
Carcinogens
Exposure route: 
Inhalation
Substance Description: 

Asbestos

CAS Number: 
1332-21-4
EC number: 
603-721-4
Prevention measures: 
Level 2. Technical measures, e.g. local exhaust ventilation
Level 3. Reducing / minimising the risk by personal measures (PPE)
Hygiene measures
Purpose of the material: 
Awareness raising
Guidance
Target group: 
Employers
Managers
OSH consultant
Safety officers
Workers

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