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Asbestos is the common name for a group of naturally occurring mineral fibers with high tensile strength, the ability to be woven, and resistance to heat and most chemicals. Because of these properties, asbestos fibers have been used in a wide range of manufactured goods, including construction materials and friction products such as automobile clutches and brakes.

Exposure to asbestos can be harmful to human health if fibers are released into the air when asbestos is disturbed or in poor condition. These fibers can cause serious health problems when inhaled into the lungs. Asbestos exposure has been associated with a number of serious health problems and diseases, including asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. EPA is committed to providing the public with accurate and timely public health information and is continuing to address concerns about asbestos.

The Asbestos Model Accreditation Plan (MAP) provides training requirements for states to follow when developing their own state programs for training asbestos professionals.  The asbestos MAP requires initial training (which includes hands-on training) and annual refresher training for the various course disciplines.


View EPA's Asbestos Web site for more information about specific asbestos issues. EPA has a toll-free hotline for asbestos issues (1-800-471-7127).

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