Where is asbestos usually found?
Asbestos is a very small fiber that cannot be identified
with the naked eye. It has been used in thousands of commercial
products because of its insulating and durable characteristics.
Some common types of possible asbestos containing materials are
pipe insulation, textured ceiling coatings, plaster, floor tiles, cementitious siding, and roofing shingles.
How do I know if it's asbestos?
Only certified professionals are allowed to take samples for
laboratory analysis and only an accredited laboratory can
positively identify asbestos containing materials. Contact a
professional trained in asbestos regulations if you want a survey
conducted for your building.
Will HCDOES check my building for asbestos?
This agency does not perform asbestos surveys. Contact a
certified asbestos contractor for this service.
I have asbestos pipes in my basement. What should I do? Can
I remove the material myself?
If the pipe insulation is in good condition, and there is
little or no chance of it being disturbed, it is probably best to
leave it in place. If the pipe insulation is slightly damaged, it
can usually be repaired or encapsulated using various methods.
Often, there is less risk repairing the material than removing it.
EPA does not regulate the removal and disposal of asbestos
containing material from privately owned single family residences.
However, if the material cannot be adequately repaired or
encapsulated, we do recommend that some types of asbestos
containing materials be handled by a licensed abatement contractor
who is trained to properly handle the material.
I have asbestos floor tile/linoleum. Can I take it up
Typically the removal and disposal of that type of asbestos
containing material is not regulated by EPA (even commercially) if
it is in good condition. If the material can be taken up with no
significant breakage, there is little risk for fiber release.
My neighbors are having their asbestos roof/siding removed.
Should I be concerned?
Typically the removal and disposal of this type of asbestos
containing material is not regulated (from a commercial
standpoint) if removed properly. If you feel the material is not
being handled properly (for example it is being crushed,
pulverized, reduced to powder, or broken extensively) contact your
local EPA official.
Do I have to have a specialist remove asbestos?
If the asbestos is in an unregulated structure, it is not
subject to the regulations and therefore a specialist is not
required to remove it (see the section below titled "Who must
notify" if you are unsure about what types of structures are
regulated). If the asbestos is in a regulated structure, but is
below the regulated amounts (260 linear feet, 160 square feet, 35
cubic feet of regulated asbestos containing material or any amount
of Category I or II which remains in good condition), a specialist
does not have to remove it. However, it is advisable to seek help
from a certified professional when dealing with asbestos that can
be damaged easily. If the asbestos is over the regulated amounts,
a specialist must be contracted to remove it. If you are still
unsure whether or not a specialist should remove the asbestos,
please call one of the agency personnel listed below.
What is encapsulation?
Encapsulation means to coat, bind or resurface
asbestos-containing materials with a product that will surround or
embed the asbestos to prevent the release of fibers. Encapsulation
is not suitable for all types of asbestos-containing material
(ACM) and the decision to repair ACM with encapsulation should be
made by a professional.
Is there asbestos in my child's school?
Asbestos is present in many buildings, both public and
private, including many school buildings. If there is asbestos in
your child's school and it is in good condition, it can remain in
place without posing a threat to your child's health. Schools are
required to have an AHERA (Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act)
plan on-site which includes a survey documenting where all
asbestos can be found in the building. The school is required to
have an Operations and Maintenance Program and to have the
asbestos evaluated on a regular basis to ensure it does not
deteriorate and become a hazard. There are standard operating
procedures for repairing or removing the asbestos if it does
become a hazard. Contacting your child's school is the only way to
know for sure if the building has asbestos in it and how they are
Who can I contact if I have any additional questions?
During regular working hours, you can call:
- Ken Wilkins at (513) 946-7743
- Dawn Mays at (513) 946-7758
If no one is available to take your call, leave a message with
your name and number and someone will return your call as soon as
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