Construction Hazardous Materials Compliance Guide

Construction Hazardous Materials Compliance Guide

Asbestos Detection, Abatement and Inspection Procedures

1st Edition - February 24, 2012

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  • Author: R. Dodge Woodson
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124158788
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780124158412

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Disturbing asbestos materials during construction is a serious hazard that all contractors may encounter. Because of the insidious nature of the material as a health hazard, EPA regulations require that even when a structure is to be completely demolished, asbestos (and all other hazardous materials) must be removed by a qualified contractor prior to general demolition. A construction contractor contemplating abatement work needs to ascertain regulatory applicability under one of the following: OSHA-approved state program, Federal OSHA regulations (applicable to the private sector and certain federal employees) or OSHA-approved. Construction Worksite Compliance Guide to Asbestos provides the contractors, building owners and inspectors with the current best management practices for asbestos removal and disposal methods. Packed with checklist, tables and "quick lookup" materials, this manual provides a step by step approach for identifying asbestos, complying with OSHA and EPA regulations as well as the safe disposal of asbestos.

Key Features

  • Ascertain the presence of asbestos through testing
  • Prepare the abatement plan
  • Submit the plan to the state, EPA or local municipality having jurisdiction
  • Proper Waste Disposal techniques
  • Scope of work


Construction Managers, Construction Engineers, Architects, Facilities Managers and Building Owners

Table of Contents

  • Dedication



    1. What Is Asbestos?

    Asbestos health effects

    Where can asbestos be found?

    What should property owners do if they discover asbestos?

    Managing asbestos problems

    Asbestos professionals

    Regulations governing asbestos

    2. Overview of Codes, Regulations, and Standards


    3. Identifying Asbestos


    Asbestos-containing materials

    Sample situations

    Alternative approaches

    Asbestos waste

    4. Health Facts about Asbestos

    What are the health hazards of exposure to asbestos?

    Who is at risk for an asbestos-related disease?

    Which factors affect the risk of developing an asbestos-related disease?

    How does smoking affect risk?

    How are asbestos-related diseases detected?

    How can workers protect themselves from asbestos exposure?

    Which programs are available to help individuals with asbestos-related diseases?

    Is there federal legislation to help victims of asbestos-related diseases?

    Which organizations offer information related to asbestos exposure?

    5. Quick Tips for Contractors Working with Asbestos

    Asbestos in homes and buildings

    Definitions of asbestos-containing material

    Specific guidance for contractors

    Site safety and contingency plans summary

    6. Uncertified Contractors’ Guide to Inspections and Management

    How to identify materials that contain asbestos

    How to manage an asbestos problem

    Asbestos professionals

    7. Insulation-Containing Asbestos

    Identifying vermiculite insulation

    8. OSHA Regulations

    Construction work classes

    What is the permissible exposure limit for asbestos?

    What is an initial exposure assessment?

    What is a negative exposure assessment?

    Are employers required to perform exposure monitoring?

    When Must Employers Conduct Periodic Monitoring?

    Is additional monitoring ever needed?

    Employee records

    What is a regulated area?

    Communicating asbestos hazards present at work sites

    OSHA-Required Warning Notices

    Are Employers Required to Provide Asbestos Warning Labels?

    Employee training regarding asbestos exposure

    Methods of compliance

    The competent person

    Working with respirators

    Protective clothing

    Hygiene-related requirements of the classes

    Employers’ housekeeping responsibilities

    OSHA assistance

    How to Obtain Consultation Services

    What Is the Strategic Partnership Program?

    Does OSHA Offer Training and Education?

    Does OSHA Provide Any Information Electronically?

    How Do I Learn More About Related OSHA Publications?

    How Do I Contact OSHA?


    9. EPA Requirements and Recommendations


    General provisions

    General requirements

    License requirements for business and public entities

    Asbestos abatement contractor license requirements

    Asbestos analytical laboratory

    In-house asbestos abatement unit

    Training provider

    Certification requirements for asbestos professionals

    Asbestos management planner

    Pre-abatement requirements

    Asbestos abatement work practice requirements

    Monitoring and release requirements for a regulated area

    Permit-by-rule for asbestos waste storage facilities

    Approval of training courses

    Regulations incorporated by reference


    10. Hazardous Materials Workers

    Nature of the work


    The superfund



    Work environment

    Training, other qualifications, and advancement

    How much do you already know?




Product details

  • No. of pages: 304
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2012
  • Published: February 24, 2012
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124158788
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780124158412

About the Author

R. Dodge Woodson

Affiliations and Expertise

General contractor and master plumber

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