Asbestos

Asbestos is an air hazard, so it falls under air regulations. Contact your local clean air agency for more information about asbestos removal regulations.

Because of its heat resistant properties, asbestos was used in a number of manufactured products, including building materials. If you remodel or demolish an older building, you may run into asbestos. Avoid touching or breathing asbestos-contaminated material and dispose of it correctly.

If you are handling this dangerous material, talk to:

You may find asbestos in roof shingles, siding, insulation, old linoleum, ceiling or floor tiles, and other materials in homes built before 1978. However, most use of asbestos is not banned. Friable asbestos (powder or crumbly material that can be carried by the air) can stick in your lungs and cause serious illnesses.

Remodeling, demolishing, or burning buildings with asbestos