Author(s) Information

Eduardo DelgadilloFollow

College

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department

Construction Management Department

Degree Name

BS in Construction Management

Date

3-2019

Advisor(s)

Thomas Kommer

Abstract/Summary

Asbestos laborers are often overlooked and not cared for much in construction projects. While they are often forgotten in the construction industry, they play a big role in most remodels or demolition projects. Abatement workers are exposed to the dangers of asbestos on a daily basis. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are the federal agencies that regulate asbestos. The EPA regulates the use, transportation and disposal of asbestos, while OSHA sets the standards for work involving asbestos minerals. OSHA has regulations that demolition and/or abatement contractors must comply with since asbestos is considered a hazardous material. The data collected for this paper focuses on what laborers, superintendents and others working in the industry think about this work. I wanted to see how dangerous they felt their work is and to identify if OSHA could do anything more to protect the workers. This data was collected from companies based in the Bay Area and laborers from Laborers Local 67 in Oakland, California

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