Standard Interpretations - Table of Contents
• Standard Number: 1910.1001

March 4, 1996

Mr. Daniel McBride
General Manager
Finger Lakes Chemical, Inc.
420 St. Paul Street
Rochester, New York 14605-1797

Dear Mr. McBride:

Thank you for your letter of February 5, concerning the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Asbestos Standard (29 CFR 1910.1001).

You requested specific clarification on three issues related to the asbestos standard, which will be addressed in the order in which they were presented.

Your first question referenced the June 29, 1995, Federal Register page 33983. The reference to .016 f/cc refers to asbestos fibers.

Your second question referenced the August 10, 1994, Federal Register page 33983. You are correct, in that the reference to 0.1 f/cc does represent the eight (8) hour permissible exposure level.

Your third and last question also referenced the August 10, 1994, Federal Register, page 40987, regarding the labeling requirement for disposal bags. Labels are not required when the fibers have been bonded by some agent that prevents the release of fibers above the eight (8) hour permissible exposure level, and/or the excursion limit. Also when the concentration of asbestos is less than 1.0%. You will find this reference under section (j), paragraph (6)(i) of the General Industry Standard (1910.1001).

We hope this information is helpful. If you have any further questions please contact us at (202) 219-8036.


Ruth McCully, Director
Office of Health Compliance Assistance

February 5, 1996

Ms. McCully
Occupational Safety and
Health Admin.
Frances Perkins Building
Room N-3467
200 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20210

Dear Ms. McCully;

On December 13, 1995, Wal Blatter, Andrew Simms (NIB) and I