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Overall evaluations of carcinogenicity and updating of iarc monographs

National health agencies can use this information as scientific support for their actions to prevent exposure to potential carcinogens.

OSHA can help answer questions or concerns from employers and workers.

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To contact OSHA's free consultation service, go to OSHA's On-Site Consultation web page or call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742) and press number 4.

Asbestos has been used in products, such as insulation for pipes (steam lines for example), floor tiles, building materials, and in vehicle brakes and clutches.

Asbestos includes the mineral fibers chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, tremolite, anthophyllite, actinolite and any of these materials that have been chemically treated or altered.

The employer is required to ensure exposure is reduced by using administrative controls and provide for the wearing of personal protective equipment.

Medical monitoring of workers is also required when legal limits and exposure times are exceeded. The law requires employers to provide their employees with safe and healthful workplaces.

These standards reduce the risk to workers by requiring that employers provide personal exposure monitoring to assess the risk and hazard awareness training for operations where there is any potential exposure to asbestos.

Airborne levels of asbestos are never to exceed legal worker exposure limits.

Breathing asbestos fibers can cause a buildup of scar-like tissue in the lungs called asbestosis and result in loss of lung function that often progresses to disability and death.