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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.

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    • 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
  • Hazard alerts
    • Asbestos - Automotive brake and clutch repair work
      Hazard alert for employees and employers in the automotive brake and clutch repair industry, there is potential exposure to asbestos in automotive brakes and clutches on older vehicles.
      English  01/09/2023
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    • Rules with requirements
      We get many calls and emails from employers asking the same question. It begins: “Which of your rules have requirements for…” You can finish the sentence with words like “recordkeeping,” “employee training,” and “written documents.” To answer those questions, we’ve organized these rules requirements into a filterable, sortable, searchable table.
      English  05/10/2019

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Department of Environmental Quality - Asbestos abatement rules



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