Fortunately, U.S. Army service members' and civilian employees' enrollment in the Army Asbestos Medical Surveillance program has decreased across the enterprise. Asbestos exposures to Army personnel who work with vehicle parts such as brake pads and insulation, construction projects, and outdoor training environments have decreased. Major abatement projects are generally contracted out to private industry thus removing the risk to Army personnel. The Army is still required to have an Asbestos Management Program in installations world-wide.
Role of Army Industrial Hygiene in Asbestos Program
- Serve as the principal advisor and consultant (competent person) (29 CFR 1926.1101) to the Asbestos Control Manager and for DA operations involving personnel, to include military and DA civilian, on the installation concerning asbestos abatement projects.
- Provide technical input to the Installation Asbestos Management Team for the selection of proper methods for abating potential asbestos health hazards.
- Advise government-contracting officials on the preparation and review of contract specifications and proposals for asbestos abatement issues.
- Complete and maintain appropriate training, certification and licensing as required to advise and consult on asbestos hazard managmetn activities.
Army-Related Asbestos Information
AR 420-1, Army Facilities Management
AR 200-1, Environmental Protection and Enhancement
Industrial Hygiene Air Sampling and Bulk Sampling Guide (USAPHC Technical Guide 141)
USAPHC Model SOP Asbestos Medical Surveillance
U.S. Army Center for Public Works Technical Bulletin (PWTB) 420-70-8, Installation Asbestos Management Program
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
Asbestos Surveys and Assessments Standard Scope of Work
USAPHC Fact Sheet: Air Sampling for Asbestos for Comparison to Occupational Exposure Limits
USAPHC Fact Sheet: Asbestos: An Occupational Health Overview
Federal Regulations and Guidance
EPA Website for Asbestos Information
OSHA Website for Asbestos Information
NIOSH Website for Asbestos Information