Do Asbestos Rules Apply to My Project?
Yes, if you are directly or indirectly involved in altering a structure in any way, regardless of its age, your project is subject to asbestos regulations. This includes wrecking, razing, leveling, dismantling or moving a structure or component of a structure.
Prior to conducting any building renovation or demolition, review the detailed information about asbestos programs and rules. The information is organized into two key categories:
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was widely used in building materials for its durability and intrinsic fireproofing characteristics. Asbestos is still used today in some products.
Dangers of Asbestos Exposure
According to The World Health Organization, every year, more than 125 million people are occupationally exposed to asbestos worldwide and more than 107,000 people die from asbestos-related diseases.
Exposure to asbestos has been linked to cancer and other respiratory diseases, which is why federal, state and local regulations exist—to protect public health from uncontrolled disturbances of asbestos-containing products. Spokane Clean Air administers an asbestos program in Spokane County.
Common building materials that may contain asbestos:
cement board siding
vinyl flooring (linoleum, tile)
“popcorn” ceiling texture
many other products
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