Because of its heat resistant characteristics, asbestos was used in a number of manufactured products, including building materials. If you renovate or demolish an older building, you may run into asbestos. It is important that you are careful when coming into contact with asbestos contaminated materials and that you dispose of them correctly.
As an air hazard, asbestos removal falls under air regulations. If you are handling this dangerous material, consult with:
You may find asbestos in old linoleum, ceiling tiles, siding, and other materials in homes built before 1977. Friable asbestos (material that can become airborne) can lodge in the lungs and cause serious illnesses.
Remodeling, demolishing, or burning buildings with asbestos
If you are remodeling, demolishing, or burning a building for fire training (which requires a fire training permit), you must send an Asbestos Demolition/Renovation Notification Form to the appropriate clean air agency. If your work is in Adams, Asotin, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Walla Walla, or Whitman counties, send the form to the appropriate county planning agency. You must send the form at least 10 business days before starting work.
Information about the toxicity of asbestos is available through the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.