Asbestos Safety Manual

24 Asbestos Safety Manual Environmental Health and Safety J Personnel Protection Exposure assessment, medical care and personal protective equipment use will be required for ISU employees that perform asbestos abatement activities. It is the responsibility of the manager to ensure personnel are receiving appropriate monitoring and/or medical care based on workplace exposure potential. Medical Emergencies If injury, illness, or exposure is life threatening, dial 911 or if on campus (515) 294-4428. Be prepared to provide any relevant safety information, for example Safety Data Sheets (SDS). When an employee requires emergency treatment, the incident must be reported to Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) (515) 2945359 as soon as possible. Provide assistance to injured or exposed personnel by following the First Aid Procedures. Occupational Medicine Program The Iowa State University (ISU) Occupational Medicine (Occ Med) Program is designed to minimize personnel health risks fromworkplace hazards. ISU asbestos abatement workers are required to participate in the Occ Med Program and must complete a Hazard Inventory. Using the online form, employees should select the “Asbestos (Perform Abatement Work)”, “Respirator User”, and any other hazards that apply to their workplace exposures. Individuals will be asked to respond to questions about their exposure potential for each hazard selected. EH&S will use this information to determine the need for enrollment in the Occ Med program. Enrolled abatement workers will be required to complete a baseline medical review and on-going medical surveillance at the Occupational Medicine office, G11 Technical and Administrative Services Facility (TASF), 2408 Pammel Drive, (515) 294-2056. Refer to the Occupational Medicine Guidelines for more information. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) The proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) will reduce exposure to asbestos fibers during abatement and other activities that may disturb asbestos. Environmental Health and Safety will initiate safe work practices and engineering controls during asbestos abatement projects to reduce and maintain employee exposure levels at or below the OSHA permissible exposure limits. EH&S can help ensure that the proper PPE is selected based on the hazards. Respirator The OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard (29 CFR 1910.134) requires medical evaluation, fit testing, and training for individuals who intend to wear respiratory protection. Iowa State University employees who perform asbestos abatement and wear respiratory protection must participate in the ISU Respiratory Protection Program. Refer to the Respirators website for more information on how to obtain a respirator