Type: Lessons Learned
Publisher: Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM (LANL)
Published As: Public
The remnant material was not appropriately identified and labeled as asbestos, and the machinist fabricated the spacers without knowing the content of the material. The full sheet of additional stock material was water marked by the manufacturer and was identified as containing asbestos.
Lessons Learned: Verify the material you intend to work with before starting work. This includes making sure that it is allowed to be in the area and subject to the planned processing. If there is any uncertainty, pause work and consult with the appropriate authorities until certainty is established and the proper controls are in place.
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