Are there regulatory standards requiring an asbestos survey and does asbestos have to be removed?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that asbestos surveys be completed in commercial and industrial buildings, and that the survey must be transferred to new owners. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires asbestos surveys, management plans and 3-year reinspections for schools (i.e., grades K through 12). Most often, asbestos is managed in-place in a fashion that eliminates exposure to workers and occupants.
EPA requires that asbestos surveys be completed prior to renovation or demolition of buildings and removal of certain asbestos-containing materials that are friable or may become friable during such activities.
Are there regulatory standards requiring an asbestos company to notify the government when asbestos is removed?
Yes – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that asbestos projects that are greater than 160 square feet or 260 linear feet of asbestos or when asbestos fibers are exposed to the public in excess of background levels or .01 fibers per cubic centimeter, whichever is greater. The licensed asbestos company must notify the Department of Labor. DOL will charge a fee up to $1000.00 per project. DOL Notification is not necessary if the project is considered “In-Plant-Operation” which means asbestos removal is performed in a manner which will not expose the public to asbestos fibers in excess of background levels or .01 fibers per cubic centimeter, whichever is greater, provided that the work involves the encapsulation, enclosure, removal, disturbance or handling of (i) less than or asbestos material and is performed by employees of such employer or (ii) built-up roofing material, flashing, transite roofing and siding, roofing shingles, asbestos cement siding and pipe, galbestos roofing and siding, shingle siding, transite pipe, vinyl asbestos tile, non- friable ceiling tiles/panels, fire curtains, and transite or galbestos panels.
Are there regulatory standards requiring an asbestos company to notify the public when a project is about to begin?
Yes – The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) requires appropriate training and certification of persons employed in all aspects of an asbestos project, as well as those who supervise and employ them; by requiring the licensing of asbestos contractors; by setting forth standards and procedures that shall be followed when removing, enclosing, encapsulating, or disturbing friable asbestos or handling asbestos or asbestos materials in a manner which may result in the release of asbestos fiber; by requiring notification of the Department of Labor prior to commencement of large asbestos projects; by requiring notification of building occupants and predemolition surveys; by setting forth recordkeeping and reporting requirements for asbestos contractors; and by establishing an inspection and enforcement program within the Department of Labor. Ten-day notice. (1) Every contractor engaged in the abatement portion of a project shall post or otherwise provide for a written notification to residential and business occupants of a building 10 days prior to the commencement of work on any asbestos project in the building. With regard to projects being conducted in school buildings, the faculty, staff and students attending such school shall be considered to be business occupants and shall receive notice as required.
Notification-procedure-detail. The written notification shall be given to those business and residential occupants of a building, or portion thereof, who are located on the floor or floors where the actual project is to be conducted, and one floor above and one floor below the floor or floors containing the project. In addition, such written notification shall also be given to those occupants of adjacent buildings who have direct horizontal access to these floors. Posted notice shall be provided at all direct means of access to the floor, such as but not limited to, stairways, ramps, emergency ingress/egress, elevators, escalators, ladders, hallways, corridors and trapdoors