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Indoor Air: Special Concerns in Older Homes: Asbestos

You can help homeowners reduce emissions of asbestos that may affect their families, their neighborhood, and the community by conducting these activities:


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Sponsor Awareness Activities

      How?
  • Sponsor an Asbestos Awareness Month to focus public attention on the how to identify and fix potential problems with asbestos in the home.
  • Host Asbestos Awareness Workshops where the public can meet with asbestos abatement professionals.
  • Maintain an Asbestos Awareness booth or table at public places such as libraries, community centers, and municipal buildings.
  • Both the EPA and the American Lung Association have materials that may be useful for Asbestos Awareness programs. Check out their links in the "More Information" section below.
      Benefits
  • Decreases risk to homeowners by increasing their awareness about the danger of asbestos.
      Costs
  • Many pamphlets and posters may be available at no cost from EPA and other organizations.
  • Costs to put together customized materials for brochures and posters.
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Assist Homeowners

      How?
  • Help homeowners understand why asbestos is dangerous and how to safely remedy the problem. Check out the Additional Information box for information on asbestos remediation.
  • Help homeowners locate asbestos abatement professionals. Check out EPA's list in the "More Information" section below.
  • Provide funding for homeowners to use for asbestos remediation.
  • Help homeowners locate other funding opportunities which may be available from your state or local agency.
      Benefits
  • Decreases risk to homeowners by putting them in touch with asbestos abatement professionals.
      Costs
  • Costs associated with providing funding for homeowners to use in asbestos abatement.
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Assist Business and Building Owners

      How?
  • Sponsor asbestos regulation awareness seminars for business and building owners, contractors, and consultants.
  • These seminars can provide an overview of the asbestos regulations relevant to your community and can impress upon them the importance of following asbestos regulations.
  • For information about asbestos regulations for business and building owners, check out the information in the "More Information" section below.
      Benefits
  • Increases worker and building occupant safety.
  • Reduces exposure to asbestos.
  • Decreases liability costs.
      Costs
  • Costs associated with sponsoring asbestos awareness seminars.
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Assist with Training

      How?
  • Serve as a contact for asbestos remediation professionals seeking training.
  • Sponsor training classes.
  • Partner with state agencies to enforce the training requirements for asbestos remediation professionals.
  • Offer funding to asbestos remediation professionals who may not be able to afford training on their own.
      Benefits
  • Reduces incidences of training fraud.
  • Promotes better coordination between asbestos remediation professionals and government regulators.
      Costs
  • Costs to hire trainers for classes.
  • Funding to train asbestos remediation professionals.
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