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Asbestos Regulations

An estimated 1.3 million employees in construction and general industry face significant asbestos exposure on the job. Heaviest exposures occur in the construction industry, particularly during the removal of asbestos during renovation or demolition. Employees are also likely to be exposed during the manufacture of asbestos products (such as textiles, friction products, insulation, and other building materials) and during automotive brake and clutch repair work.

Laws and Regulations Governing Asbestos


Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), EPA issued the first regulations intended to control asbestos in schools. This regulation was known as the Asbestos-in-Schools Rule. See below


The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) is more inclusive than the Asbestos-in-Schools Rule. AHERA requires Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to inspect their schools for asbestos containing material (ACM) and prepare management plans to reduce the asbestos hazard. AHERA established a program for the training and accreditation of all those who perform asbestos work in schools.


The Asbestos School Hazard Abatement Act (ASHAA) of 1984 provided loans and grants to help financially needy public and private schools correct serious asbestos hazards. This program was funded from 1985 until 1993. There has been no funds appropriated since that date.


Pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA) of 1970, EPA established the Asbestos National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP. It is intended to minimize the release of asbestos fibers during activities involving the handling of asbestos. It specifies work practices to be followed during renovation, demolition or other abatement activities when friable asbestos is involved.


Asbestos is well recognized as a health hazard and is highly regulated. OSHA and EPA asbestos rules are intertwined.


EPA - TSCA Standards

40 CFR Part 763 - ASBESTOS  Regulations (1997)
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40 CFR Part 61 - Subpart M--National Emission Standard for Asbestos (1997)
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OSHA Standards