Risk Management for Asbestos, Part 1: Chrysotile Asbestos
Below is information on EPA actions to manage risks from asbestos. Although there are several known types of asbestos, the only form of asbestos known to be imported, processed, or distributed for use in the United States at the posting of this draft risk evaluation is chrysotile. Certain asbestos-containing products, like sheet gaskets, brake blocks, aftermarket automotive brakes/linings, other vehicle friction products, and other gaskets are also imported into the U.S.
On this page:
- Managing risks found in the 2020 final risk evaluation for asbestos, part 1: chrysotile asbestos
- Opportunities for public and stakeholder engagement
On other pages:
- Learn how EPA manages unreasonable risks from chemicals currently on the market.
- View a list of all chemicals undergoing risk evaluation, including docket numbers and agency points of contact.
EPA completed the final risk evaluation for asbestos, part 1: chrysotile asbestos under amended TSCA in December 2020. Part 1 of the final risk evaluation for asbestos determined that there are unreasonable risks to workers, occupational non-users, consumers, and bystanders for 16 out of 32 conditions of use for chrysotile asbestos. EPA found no unreasonable risks to the environment.
The next step in the process required by TSCA is addressing these risks. There are several actions EPA could take to address these risks, including regulations to prohibit or limit the manufacture, processing, distribution in the marketplace, use, or disposal of this chemical substance, as applicable. EPA is now in the process of developing ways to address the unreasonable risks identified and has up to one year to propose and take public comments on any risk management actions.
- Learn more about the unreasonable risks found in the final risk evaluation for asbestos part 1: chrysotile asbestos.
- Find information on ways to reduce exposure to this chemical as EPA works through the process required by TSCA to eliminate unreasonable risks from this chemical.
There will be additional opportunities for public and stakeholder engagement as EPA works through the risk management process for this chemical. Just like the risk evaluation process, there will also be opportunities for public comment as EPA works to propose and finalize risk management actions for the conditions of use of asbestos that EPA has determined present an unreasonable risk.
- View a list of all public and stakeholder engagement opportunities related to risk management.
- You can reach out to the EPA point of contact for this chemical, listed at the top, right of this page, for more information or to schedule a one-on-one meeting.
- You can also stay informed by signing for our email alerts or checking the public docket at www.regulations.gov.
Past Meetings, Webinars, and Other Engagement Opportunities
On June 1, 2021 and June 9, 2021, EPA held environmental justice consultations regarding the development of risk management actions for Asbestos, Part 1: Chrysotile Asbestos. These consultation sessions provided an overview of the TSCA risk management requirements, the findings from the final risk evaluations, the tools available to manage the unreasonable risks from Asbestos, Part 1: Chrysotile Asbestos, and an opportunity for input on environmental justice concerns. The environmental justice consultation period will extend through August 13, 2021. Meeting Materials
On February 3, 2021, EPA held a webinar on the TSCA risk management process and the findings in the final risk evaluation for asbestos part 1: chrysotile asbestos.
EPA invited small businesses, governments, and not-for-profits to participate as Small Entity Representatives (SERs) to provide advice and recommendations to a Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) panel for asbestos, part 1: chrysotile asbestos. The deadline for self-nominations was February 25, 2021. Learn more about the potential SBAR panel.