The goal of the Asbestos Program is to reduce the chance of exposure to asbestos, which is a known cancer causing substance. Asbestos-containing materials (ACM) are still brought into the United States and can be commonly found in existing buildings. ACM was used in over 3,000 building materials and products.
The Asbestos Program makes sure that asbestos is removed properly as required by law. The Asbestos Program works together with the Environmental Practitioner Licensing Program to license and regulate asbestos abatement contractors and asbestos consultants. The Asbestos Program communicates routinely with local health departments regarding notices of renovation and demolition received and on complaints. The Asbestos Program is also responsible for ensuring that asbestos-containing materials in schools (Kindergarten through Grade 12) are correctly managed. These regulations apply to all K-12 public and private, not-for-profit schools.
EPA Standard for Renovation and Demolition