What Does Fibers Per Cubic Centimeter of Air Mean?
Fibers per cubic centimeter of air is a measurement that is used to determine the permissible levels of asbestos exposure in the workplace. According to OSHA, that level is 0.1 fibers per cubic centimeter, which was set in 1994. This level is a dramatic reduction from the level that was set in 1971 of 5 fibers per cubic centimeter.
Safeopedia Explains Fibers Per Cubic Centimeter of Air
The use of asbestos in new constructions has been banned in the United States by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The 0.1 fibers per cubic centimeter of air is the determinant in assessing the viability of conducting asbestos abatement work. In 1999, OSHA, in association with fiberglass manufacturers, produced a health and safety partnership program that recommended an exposure level of 1.0 fibers per cubic centimeter of air over the course of an eight-hour day.