Work practices for non-friable materials...

There are numerous types of non-friable asbestos-containing materials in postal facilities, including vinyl asbestos tile, asbestos asphalt plank and asbestos-cement (Transite) panels. I conducted a two-day course for the Postal Service that covered the fundamentals of asbestos awareness and respiratory protection, described seven drilling and repair procedures and included hands-on exercises where all attendees practiced the procedures on non-asbestos materials. The procedures have been shown to keep worker exposure well below the OSHA Permissible Exposure Limits by using wet methods without the need for HEPA-filtered vacuum cleaners.

These materials are also prevalent in telecommunications facilities and in customer's buildings including residential structures where equipment must be installed and removed. I have conducted classes of shorter duration for the telecommunications industry using the same methods as for the Postal Service. I have also presented these methods at conferences for flooring contractors and the utility industry.