The ASBO operates a toll-free hotline for the convenience of small businesses, trade associations, and the general public, seeking free, confidential help as it relates to asbestos and a variety of environmental regulatory topics. A member of the ASBO staff will answer calls between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. EST. The toll-free hotline number is: (800) 368-5888 or (202) 566-1970 (in DC area). You may also email a comment or question.
The Asbestos and Small Business Ombudsman (ASBO) takes the lead on behalf of the Administrator in responding to citizens' complaints under the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (PDF) (79 pp, 8.4MB, about PDF), commonly known as AHERA (Public Law 99-519AHERA).
Asbestos is the name given to a number of naturally occurring, fibrous silicate minerals mined for their useful properties such as thermal insulation, chemical and thermal stability, and high tensile strength. Asbestos was commonly used as an acoustic insulator, and in thermal insulation, fire proofing and other building materials. When these fibers get into the air they may be inhaled into the lungs, where they can cause significant health problems.
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