April 4, 2007

EPA releases on-line asbestos safety brochure

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a new on-line brochure that targets do-it-yourself and professional mechanics who may work with automotive components that contain asbestos. The brochure, “Current Best Practices for Preventing Asbestos Exposure Among Brake and Clutch Repair Workers”, emphasizes the need to prevent asbestos fibers from escaping into the air during repair work.

The booklet advises that while it is impossible to tell if clutch or brake components contain asbestos, mechanics should automatically assume its presence. A list of do’s and don’ts is included, along with three recognized methods for containing asbestos dust in a professional automotive shop. The brochure is available at EPA.gov.

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