Asbestos

What it is, why it's still a concern, and why testing for it is absolutely essential.

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The Truth About Asbestos

     Asbestos is a naturally-occurring substance made up of tiny fibers too small to be seen without powerful magnifiers.Because of its superior resistance to corrosion and heat, asbestos has been used for many years in the production of building materials such as floor tiles, vinyl, pipe insulation, wall texture, and much more.

Wasn’t Asbestos Banned?
     Each State varies on the specific requirements of testing and handling asbestos containing materials. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) also have asbestos regulations. There are common misunderstandings about an EPA ban on asbestos containing materials (ACM), products and uses from 1989. Many sources incorrectly report that all asbestos containing products have been banned. Many people think their home or building is safe because it was not built before 1989. In 1991, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated much of the so-called "Asbestos Ban and Phaseout" rule and remanded it to the EPA. Thus, much of the original 1989 EPA ban on the U.S. manufacturing, importation, processing, or distribution in commerce of many asbestos-containing product categories was set aside and did not take effect.

     Six asbestos-containing product categories are still subject to the 1989 asbestos ban. The EPA currently has no existing bans on any other ACM categories. Products manufactured in other countries may also contain asbestos and can be imported into the United States. The EPA does NOT track the manufacture, processing, or distribution in commerce of asbestos-containing products. It would be prudent for a consumer or other buyer to inquire as to the presence of asbestos in particular products. Possible sources of that information would include inquiring of the dealer/supplier or manufacturer, refer to the product's "Safety Data Sheet" (SDS), or consider having the material tested by an accredited laboratory before installing it in your home or building. This information is located on the CO Department of Public Health and Environment website and more information can be found here: Colorado.gov/GeneralInformation

     Despite strict government regulation for manufacturers in the United States, the North American Free Trade Agreement of 1994 allows imported materials that may contain asbestos to be used in American construction. Even if your home or office was built very recently, asbestos is still a grave threat and will need to be addressed before any remodeling of the property.

      Anyone attempting to disturb a potentially asbestos containing material (ACM) in the state of Colorado, must get testing prior. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) mandates asbestos inspections and testing within Regulation 8.

Regulation 8: Control of Hazardous Air Pollutants
     III. ABATEMENT, RENOVATION AND DEMOLITION PROJECTS
     III. A. INSPECTION
     III. A.1. Prior to any renovation or demolition which may disturb greater than the trigger levels of material identified as a suspect asbestos-containing material pursuant to the EPA "Green Book", Managing Asbestos in Place, Appendix G (1990), the facility component(s) to be affected by the renovation or demolition shall be inspected to determine if abatement is required.

Please note that the year is intentionally left out as asbestos-containing materials can be found in any building materials.

     Inspection: If the structures/components to be disturbed exceed the trigger levels, they must be inspected for asbestos by a Colorado-certified asbestos building inspector, unless the building was built after October 12, 1988, AND the architect or engineer who built it signs and submits documentation showing that no ACM was specified or used in the construction of the building – then no inspection is needed. This information is located on the CO Department of Public Health and Environment website and more information can be found here: Colorado.gov/RenovationDemolition

     Asbestos exposure is dangerous to your health and may cause terminal illness. There are many factors that determine the risk of developing an asbestos-related disease such as the source, dose, duration, chemical make-up, size and shape of the asbestos fibers, and pre-existing conditions. Some diseases found related to asbestos exposure are lung fibrosis and mesothelioma.

     NES is a certified asbestos consulting firm. Our certified building inspector will perform a detailed inspection of the specified area and collect samples for analysis through a 3rd party accredited laboratory. The results are then analyzed by our consultants to determine the next course of action. A comprehensive report outlining the details of the inspection, laboratory results, and recommendations for next steps is always provided.

If you are unsure, you need to have it tested. Do not put yourself or others at risk. This is the law.

Asbestos Compliance Assistance Group
Phone: (303) 692-3100
Fax: (303) 782-0278
Toll Free: 1-800-886-7689
Web page: www.colorado.gov/cdphe/asbestos
Email address: cdphe.asbestos@state.co.us