Regulating Asbestos

Why Regulate?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber that has been widely used in many construction materials and manufactured products: from insulation to vinyl flooring, to spray-on "popcorn" ceilings.

Left undisturbed and in good condition, these products can perform as intended. Problems arise, however, when they deteriorate and fall apart or are disturbed during demolition and renovation. This can cause asbestos to break down (become “friable”) into tiny fibers that become airborne.  These fibers are easily inhaled and settle deep into the lungs where they cause lung cancer, asbestosis, or mesothelioma (a related terminal cancer) several years later.

Anyone who works or has the potential of working with products containing asbestos must fully comply with all regulatory requirements.

Regulations & Resources

  1. Regulations
  2. Homeowners
  3. Contractors
  4. Owners of Multiple Structures
  5. Renovation/Demolition