By law, asbestos removal must be conducted by an abatement professional
According to current regulations, only professional asbestos contractors are authorized to implement abatement procedures.
April 29, 2010 - If asbestos-containing materials need to be removed, then an asbestos abatement contractor should be contacted. The contractor will evaluate the site and determine what procedures will be required.
The American Lung Association states that the removal of asbestos should be the last option considered due to the risk of asbestos exposure. This is especially so if the suspected asbestos material is in good shape and not deteriorating. In that condition, asbestos exposure is not likely.
But if asbestos materials (like steam pipe insulation wraps) are damaged or deteriorating, then abatement procedures should be considered, but only by consulting an asbestos abatement professional.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) regulate the laws on asbestos removal and how abatement procedures are to be conducted.
State and local laws may specify even stricter policies. Consulting an asbestos abatement contractor is required in all cases.
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