Steps to Safe PCB Abatement Activities
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This section applies when you are renovating a building where you have tested the air and found PCBs present and plan to abate the PCB-containing materials, or when you are undertaking a PCB-abatement activity.
Are you an abatement contractor working on a project involving a school or other building constructed or remodeled between 1950 and 1980?
If so, it is your responsibility to ensure that the PCB abatement activities are conducted safely and in accordance with EPA and OSHA regulations. This section is designed to help contractors and building owners plan for abatement projects of caulking and other building materials potentially contaminated with PCBs. The work practices discussed in this section are intended to reduce the risk of exposing workers and building occupants to PCBs by making the work area safer during abatement and the building safer for the occupants when the project is complete. Following the suggested work practices will assist you in:
- employing appropriate work practices and protective measures;
- leaving the work area clean and safe for building occupants after completing the job; and
- properly disposing of waste materials.
The following pages describe the necessary steps that you should take to ensure that you are conducting safe removal and abatement activities, and are following appropriate cleanup and disposal measures:
Abatement Step 1: Prepare an Abatement Strategy
Abatement Step 2: Conduct Removal and Abatement Activities
Abatement Step 3: Handling, Storing, and Disposing of Wastes
Abatement Step 4: Prepare and Maintain Documentation
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