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Keeping Workers Informed About Asbestos on the Job

Employers in the United States are required by law to inform workers about the presence of asbestos and train them to properly handle asbestos-containing materials. Regardless, licensed and unlicensed individuals are exposed to the substance on the job, every day.

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There are several ways employers can keep workers informed of the dangers to help reduce the risk of exposure in the workplace. Let's take a look at a few suggestions from the Voltimum website:

Pre-Job Presentations

Speaking to employees about the asbestos hazards they may face on a job will lower their chances of improperly handling the dangerous substance. A pre-job presentation will give you the chance to indicate what damaged asbestos-containing materials look like, answer questions, and discuss the proper ways to dealing with the substance if it is found at a jobsite.

Flyers, Posters, and Leaflets

Hanging signs, such as flyers, posters, and leaflets, will remind workers that asbestos-containing materials may be or are present at their workplace. This will encourage them to take the necessary precautions when dealing with asbestos.

Toolbox Talks

Many employers make the mistake of not informing employees that asbestos is present. A quick meeting, or "toolbox talk," before a job takes place is a good time to remind workers about any asbestos hazards present at the workplace.

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Do you have more suggestions for keeping workers safe on the job? Please share them with us in a comment below!

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