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Auto Mechanics at Risk for Asbestos Exposure

Although the use of asbestos in automobile parts has been declining over the years, it is still a significant form of exposure among auto mechanics today. While the substance is no longer used in newer friction products, including brake parts and clutches, those working on older vehicles in which asbestos might still be present face serious risks for exposure.

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Mechanics and employees hired by auto shops are advised to follow steps to protect themselves from potential asbestos exposure. OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, has published a bulletin that provides methods to control asbestos dust during repair and service of vehicles.

While employers are required to provide training and information for dealing with these situations, OSHA does not have jurisdiction over do-it-yourselfers, meaning many individuals could be exposing themselves to dangerous asbestos fibers every day.

Stay tuned for our next blog post, where we will explore the areas in automobiles where asbestos is commonly found.

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