Safety and waste management of asbestos cement pipes

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ConferenceASCE Pipeline Conference 2010: 28 August 2010, Keystone, Colorado, USA
Pages110; # of pages: 10
Subjectasbestos cement pipe, asbestos containing materials (ACM), safety procedures, surveillance questionnaire, waste disposal; Water mains
AbstractAsbestos cement (AC) water mains, generally considered as non-friable asbestos-containing materials (ACMs), are not believed to represent a significant hazard to public health in normal use. However, repair, rehabilitation and removal of AC pipes involve cutting, polishing, and demolition can release asbestos fibers into the air, posing risks to public health. Many water utilities in North America currently have significant portions of their water mains composed of AC pipes. A comprehensive survey was conducted with 20 water utilities in the United States of America and Canada to understand the existing conditions of AC water mains in North America and to determine current management practices related to AC pipe repair, rehabilitation, and replacement. The survey was conducted through questionnaires that covered various areas: pipe inventory; environmental working conditions; current practices in pipe repair, rehabilitation and replacement; and safety/health protection practices used in working with, and disposing of AC pipe.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number52715
NPARC number20374527
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