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Asbestos

Highlights

Rules and Regulations Regarding the Demolition of Asbestos-Containing Structures and Q's and A's (PDF) (16 pp, 5.41M, about PDF)

How to develop and maintain a building asbestos operations and maintenance (O&M) program.

Read about the EPA's action in Libby, Montana.

Read about asbestos contaminated vermiculite | en espaņol (PDF) (5 pp, 126K, about PDF).

picture of tremolite asbestos

Tremolite Asbestos (Image Source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Why Do You Need to be Concerned About Asbestos?

Asbestos is a mineral fiber that has been used commonly in a variety of building construction materials for insulation and as a fire-retardant. Because of its fiber strength and heat resistant properties, asbestos has been used for a wide range of manufactured goods, mostly in building materials (roofing shingles, ceiling and floor tiles, paper products, and asbestos cement products), friction products (automobile clutch, brake, and transmission parts), heat-resistant fabrics, packaging, gaskets, and coatings.

When asbestos-containing materials are damaged or disturbed by repair, remodeling or demolition activities, microscopic fibers become airborne and can be inhaled into the lungs, where they can cause significant health problems.

Most Common Sources of Asbestos Exposure:

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