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Overview

Exposure to asbestos can cause disabling and fatal diseases such as asbestosis, lung cancer, mesothelioma, and gastrointestinal cancer. The symptoms of these diseases generally do not appear for 20 years or more after exposure.

Asbestos fibers enter the body by inhaling or ingesting airborne particles that become embedded in the tissues of the respiratory or digestive systems. Most worker exposures occur during the removal of asbestos and the renovation and maintenance of buildings and structures that contain asbestos.

  • Brochures/Guides
    • Asbestos - Rules of abatement
      Covers what construction employers need to know about asbestos removal and maintenance based on Oregon OSHA's asbestos standard for the construction industry: 1926.1101.
      English  08/01/2016
    • Asbestos exposures - What building owners need to know
      Covers Oregon OSHA's asbestos standards for general industry, 1910.1001, and construction, 1926.1101. Also includes information about asbestos surveys, labels and signs, and awareness training.
      English  07/18/2017
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  • Fact sheets
    • Asbestos
      An overview of health hazards associated with asbestos. Briefly describes work classes for asbestos removal, repair and maintenance, and custodial activities. Includes answers to frequently asked questions.
      English  05/16/2007
    • Asbestos training
      Because asbestos can be so hazardous, employees working with or around asbestos must be trained. The level of training depends on the type of work they perform.
      English  11/21/2008
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Highlights

Many people believe that all products that contain asbestos are banned for use in the U.S. That is not true. Learn more about asbestos and how to protect workers in Oregon OSHA’s Asbestos – Rules of abatement

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