ASBESTOS - GLOVEBAG OPERATIONS
(as Amended Effective November 9, 1994)
Code Rule Section 56-6.1; Section 56-8.1(j)(1-5);
Section 56-9.1; Section 56-10.1; Section 56-11.1(b);
Section 56-15.2(b-e); Section 56-16.1(a);
DATED JUNE 3, 1997
*This DECISION supersedes APPLICABLE VARIANCE 91, COMMISSIONER’S DECISION dated March 20, 1989.
Pursuant to Section 30 of the Labor Law, the Commissioner of Labor has reviewed the aforecited provisions of Industrial
Code Rule 56 as they relate to the use of glovebags for the removal of asbestos or asbestos containing material; and
Has also reviewed numerous petitions for variance or other relief and the decisions rendered relative to the petitions.
The Commissioner finds that the issuances of an applicable variance from the aforecited provisions of Industrial Code Rule
56, as such pertain to the use of glovebags for the removal of asbestos or asbestos containing material, would not violate the
spirit and purpose of the said rules and would secure the public safety as contemplated by said rules.
A variance from the aforecited provisions of Industrial Code Rule 56 is hereby GRANTED, relative to the use of glovebags
for the removal of asbestos or asbestos containing material, subject to the following conditions:
1. A personal decontamination enclosure system that complies with Subpart 56-9 shall be utilized. A waste
decontamination enclosure system that fully complies with Subpart 56-10 shall be utilized. These enclosure systems can
be remote and shall be removed only after satisfactory clearance air monitoring results have been achieved.
If remote decontamination units are used, workers shall don two (2) suits; and the containment shall have an attached air
lock within which workers shall remove their outer suit, wipe off their inner suit and don a clean outer suit prior to
proceeding to another work area or to the remote decontamination unit.
3. Each glovebag work location sh