Asbestos and Small Business Ombudsman
Advocate. Connect. Serve.
In one comprehensive program, the Asbestos and Small Business Ombudsman (ASBO) serves two distinct roles: (1) the Asbestos Ombudsman role, mandated under the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) and (2) the Small Business Ombudsman role, mandated under The 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. As an EPA liaison for the general public and small business community.
The ASBO helps make technical resources on environmental regulations, asbestos, and compliance assistance information more accessible. The ASBO also fosters partnership opportunities for collaboration to assist small businesses in achieving their environmental performance goals and to address asbestos-related questions.
ASBO Program Resources and Services
- Services a toll-free hotline (800-368-5888) and email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to address small business and asbestos complaints or inquiries.
- Disseminates regulatory and small business outreach information with stakeholders and issues a monthly news bulletin, SmallBiz@EPA, for the small business community and maintains a Resource List for Small Entity Compliance Assistance.
- Serves as an informational liaison for those that request ombudsman support for informal guidance when responding to environmental compliance or enforcement issues. See the ASBO Program Guide and other ASBO Program Reports to learn more.
- Funds a national website to help increase small business environmental compliance National SBEAP Website. EXIT
- Fosters partnerships with state and federal governments as well as trade associations on small business environmental regulations and compliance.
- Advocates for increasing small business considerations and perspectives during the EPA rule making process in support of EPA’s Section 213 Program of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA), which is intended to support small businesses in accessing guidance, technical assistance, and advice regarding environmental regulations and compliance.
- Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA)
- Small Business Compliance
- EPA’s Compliance Assistance Centers
- EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program
- Meet EPA's Ombuds: Podcast