occupational safety & health administration asbestos signs

Safety Warning Signs

OSHA Asbestos Signs

For the better part of the 20th century, asbestos has been a popular construction material.

Exposure to asbestos occurs by means of breathing or swallowing asbestos microfibers.  The fibers become present when the asbestos material is disturbed from cutting, sanding, and breaking apart the material such as in building demolition.  Repeated exposure to extreme amounts of the fibers can lead to the contraction of asbestos related disease such as asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.  Once disturbed, the microfibers can hover in the air for long periods posing serious health risks to anyone in the area, hence the need for regulations.

Going back to the early 1900’s, connections were established between asbestos exposure among asbestos workers and the debilitating diseases and cancers we know today as asbestosis.  In 1922, the United States Navy began requiring all asbestos workers to wear respirators.  Insurance companies were already refusing to insure asbestos workers by this time.

In 1972, OSHA, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, established the first set of permanent asbestos regulations and has built upon those ever since to create requirements for ultimate safety for workers dealing with asbestos.  Regulations now delineate exact procedures for abatement, disposal, handling, protective equipment and clothing and more.

OSHA has enacted a new standard, “1926.1101, Safety and Health Regulations for Construction – Toxic & Hazardous Substances – Asbestos” which goes into effect June 1, 2016.  The regulation has distinct text requirements for OSHA asbestos signs and labels in areas where asbestos removal is present and also where containers holding asbestos are stored.

LEM Products, Inc. offers a variety of outdoor durable OSHA asbestos signs, labels and tags incorporating the designated texts.

1926.1101(k )(7)
Signs.

1926.1101(k )(7)(i)
Warning signs that demarcate the regulated area shall be provided and displayed at each location where a regulated area is required to be established by paragraph (e) of this section. Signs shall be posted at such a distance from such a location that an employee may read the signs and take necessary protective steps before entering the area marked by the signs.

1926.1101(k )(7)(ii)(A )
The warning signs required by paragraph (k)(7) of this section shall bear the following information.
DANGER
ASBESTOS
MAY CAUSE CANCER
CAUSES DAMAGE TO LUNGS
AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY

osha asbestos signs

LEM offers OSHA asbestos signs for fencing to mark perimeters of areas where asbestos materials are present.  These signs are available in two sizes, 5” x 7” and 8” x 11”, with mounting holes in each corner and in a variety of substrates from plastics to aluminum, with UV and moisture resistance.  In addition to signage, LEM produces heavy-duty polyethylene barricade tapes to cordon off asbestos-hazard areas.  These tapes are printed to continuously display the OSHA compliant danger text.

asbestos barricade tape

For containers of asbestos waste products, LEM makes labels of pressure sensitive vinyl that have aggressive adhesive backings which conform to a multitude of surface types and are UV and moisture resistant.

1926.1101(k )(8)
Labels.
1926.1101(k )(8)(i)
Labels shall be affixed to all products containing asbestos and to all containers containing such products, including waste containers. Where feasible, installed asbestos products shall contain a visible label.

1926.1101(k )(8)(ii)
The employer shall ensure that such labels comply with paragraphs (k) of this section.

1926.1101(k )(8)(iii)
The employer shall ensure that labels of bags or containers of protective clothing and equipment, scrap, waste, and debris containing asbestos fibers bear the following information:
DANGER
CONTAINS ASBESTOS FIBERS
MAY CAUSE CANCER
CAUSES DAMAGE TO LUNGS
DO NOT BREATHE DUST
AVOID CREATING DUST

1926.1101(k )(8)(iv)(B)
Labels shall also contain a warning statement against breathing asbestos fibers.

asbestos label LCE6595037on can

For other types of packaging, LEM offers durable plastic tags with protective coatings for UV and moisture resistance.

tag PGE621825

The current LEM collection of OSHA asbestos signs, labels and tags are shown below.  Contact LEM for a quote.

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