With OSHA reporting that over 500,000 workers being exposed to asphalt fumes, the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) is reminding safety professionals of the importance of informing workers about the hazards associated with these fumes. This is especially important for road construction workers who primarily rely upon asphalt.
Effects of exposure to asphalt fumes which include headache, reduced appetite, skin cancer, etc. While there is no permissible exposure limit for asphalt Susan Ripple, CIH and ABIH chair, offered ways to minimize exposure:
In order to identify and minimize exposure, Ripple advocated for the use of Certified Industrial Hygienists who are trained to conduct risks assessments, air sampling and instrumentational analysis, chemical and biohazards, engineering controls and ventilation, health risk analysis and hazard communication.