How OSHA Classifies Working with Asbestos

With any occupation, there is always risk. However, if you’ve been diagnosed with a serious work-related lung ailment, a New York asbestos lawyer can help you build a case against those responsible and pursue the compensation you deserve.

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THE DANGER OF ASBESTOS

Exposure to asbestos, a group of minerals used in multiple industries despite the health risk, is an extremely hazardous substance that can cause catastrophic illnesses like mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining that protects organs in the body’s midsection. The only way to develop mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos products.

OCCUPATIONAL HAZARDS INVOLVING ASBESTOS

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) creates and enforces regulations designed to protect U.S. employees. Within these workplace regulations, OSHA has developed four categories that classify the potential asbestos risk for a variety of occupations:

  • CLASS I: JOBS WHERE WORKERS INTERACT WITH MATERIALS THAT CONTAIN OR ARE SUSPECTED TO CONTAIN ASBESTOS. THIS CATEGORY INCLUDES THE REMOVAL OF INSULATION.
  • CLASS II: JOBS WHERE WORKERS REMOVE NON-INSULATION BUILDING MATERIALS CONTAINING ASBESTOS, INCLUDING FLOORING, WALLING, SHEETING, ROOFING AND OTHER CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS.
  • CLASS III: REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE JOBS WHERE ASBESTOS MATERIALS ARE LIKELY TO BE DISTURBED.
  • CLASS IV: JOBS THAT BRING WORKERS IN CONTACT WITH ASBESTOS BUT DO NOT DISTURB THE MATERIAL. CAN INVOLVE CLEANUP OF DEBRIS FROM JOBS IN CLASSES I THROUGH III.

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