Workplace Safety Resources

Many brakes and clutches used in new and recent model vehicles do not contain asbestos. Unfortunately, it has not been totally eliminated. Mechanics and employees in the automotive repair shops as well as do-it-yourselfers may still be unaware that asbestos could be present in both old and replacement brakes and clutches and they could be exposed to toxic and potentially life threatening asbestos dust. Brake and clutch dust can be seen when a brake disk, drum, clutch cover, or the wheel is removed from a car, truck, or other equipment. There are also many small dust particles that cannot be seen with the eye. If the brakes contain asbestos, the dust may contain asbestos fibers, which could be inhaled which could be harmful.

Learn about asbestos and how exposure can be dangerous to your health. Also find out how to properly handle a potential asbestos problem.

April 1-7 marks National Asbestos Awareness Week in the United States.  In Canada, the National Day of Mourning (April 28th) - commemorating workers who have been killed, injured or suffered illness due to workplace related hazards and incidents-  is a reminder that asbestos is still a leading cause of occupational death.