What type of “aqueous” solution is allowed when the Low Pressure/Wet Cleaning method is used?
(pg 40985) A. The intent of the standard was to ensure that the asbestos is sufficiently wet so that exposures are kept well below the PELs. The solution can consist only of water, or water mixed with an organic solvent, or a detergent. It is important to note the potential danger of solvent use in these operations. The use of solvents, which are often flammable and may also present a health hazard, must be undertaken with great care. The employer must also be in compliance with the Hazard Communication standard. Q. Are other methods allowed for employers who do brake and clutch work infrequently? (pg 40987) A. Yes, for those shops in which brake work is infrequent, OSHA has determined to allow the use of a wet control method as a “preferred” method. Therefore, in facilities in which five (5) or fewer brake “jobs” (Five brake “jobs” is equivalent to five vehicles) or 5 clutches, or some combination totaling 5, are repaired each week, the mechanic/technician may control potential asbest