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New EPA Asbestos Brochure Targets Auto Mechanics

Release Date: 04/03/2007
Contact Information: (Media only) Dale Kemery, (202) 564-4355 / kemery.dale@epa.gov (Other inquiries) Robert Courtnage, (202) 566-1081 / courtnage.robert@epa.gov; En español: Lina Younes, (202) 564-4355

(4/3/07) EPA has released a new brochure that provides health and safety information for professional and do-it-yourself mechanics who may work with asbestos-containing automotive components. Current Best Practices for Preventing Asbestos Exposure Among Brake and Clutch Repair Workers emphasizes the need to prevent asbestos fibers from escaping into the air during repair work.

While it is impossible to tell if clutch and brake components contain asbestos, the booklet advises that mechanics should automatically assume the possible presence of asbestos. The booklet emphasizes the warning against blowing dust from brakes and clutches with compressed air. It also details three recognized methods for containing asbestos dust in a professional automotive shop.

The booklet provides a list of do's and don'ts for do-it-yourself mechanics. They include using pre-ground, ready-to-install parts and not taking work clothing inside the house to prevent exposing family members to asbestos dust.

The brochure is available on the EPA asbestos Web site at: epa.gov/asbestos/pubs/brakesbrochure.html