EPA releases draft guidance to
reduce mechanics' exposure to asbestos
WASHINGTON (08/24/06) -- The U.S. EPA
is updating its guidance to protect the health of auto mechanics with the
release of a draft brochure entitled,
Current Best Practices for Preventing
Asbestos Exposure Among Brake and Clutch Repair Workers. The brochure
contains information for both automotive professionals and home mechanics.
EPA is providing the public 60 days to comment on the brochure.
The brochure includes work practices
that may be used to avoid asbestos exposure. It also summarizes existing
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulatory requirements
for professional automotive mechanics. When finalized, the brochure will
supersede the existing Guidance for Preventing Asbestos Disease Among
Auto Mechanics, known as the "Gold Book."
EPA welcomes all suggestions for improving
the draft brochure and will, where appropriate, incorporate changes to
the final brochure. EPA will announce the availability of the final brochure
through a future Federal Register notice.
The draft brochure is available online.