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
Asbestos Resources for Homeowners
- Asbestos Disposal Facilities
- Asbestos Survey Guidance (PDF)
- Asbestos Waste Material Shipment Record (PDF)
- Before You Start, Check for Asbestos (PDF)
- How to Properly Remove Cement Asbestos-Board Siding From Owner-Occupied, Single-Family Residences Only (PDF)
- How to Properly Remove Sheet Vinyl Flooring With Asbestos Backing From Owner-Occupied, Single-Family Residences Only (PDF)
- How to Properly Remove Spray-on “Popcorn” Ceilings From Owner-Occupied, Single-Family Residences Only (PDF)
- List of State-Certified Asbestos Abatement Contractors
- Phone Book/Yellow Page Category for Ahera-Certified Building Inspector: "Asbestos Consulting and Testing"