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Asbestos

  1. Top 20 Asbestos Questions
  2. I am thinking about buying a house but it has vermiculite attic insulation in it. Should I have it removed before or after I buy the house?
  3. My attic has vermiculite insulation in it. Am I at risk? Should I take it out?
  4. How do I know if I have asbestos in my home (in floor tile, ceiling tile, shingles, siding, etc.)?
  5. I'm remodeling my home. Do I need to be concerned about asbestos in the building materials?
  6. I use/used vermiculite to enhance my potting soil. Should I be concerned?
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  1. Asbestos in the Home
  2. Does the EPA have money available for homeowners to pay for asbestos testing or asbestos removal?
  3. I found out the cement water pipes leading to my house (business) contain asbestos. What should I do?
  4. Does a home seller have to disclose to a potential buyer that a home contains asbestos? What about vermiculite?
  5. How do I know if I have asbestos in my home (in floor tile, ceiling tile, shingles, siding, etc.)?
  6. I'm remodeling my home. Do I need to be concerned about asbestos in the building materials?
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  1. Asbestos in Schools
  2. School Personnel Training 40 CFR part 763.92(a)(1) and (2) of the asbestos in schools rule refer to 2-hour training and 14-hour training. If an LEA's workers have not taken the 3-day course to ecome "accredited" abatement workers, and the LEA decides to have workers receive the 2-hour and 14-hour training, where should the workers go for the abbreviated training? How is this training documented?
  3. Local Education Agency Designated Persons A local education agency (LEA) is required to “designate a person to ensure” that all LEA responsibilities and/or requirements “are properly implemented.” (40 CFR part 763.84(g)(1)) Such a designated person, in turn, is required to obtain “adequate training.” Does this mean that the designated person is required to be “accredited”? If not, what constitutes adequate training?
  4. School Personnel Training A local education agency (LEA) plans to contract all asbestos-related work (including minor repairs) to outside contractors. The LEA has provided 2-hour awareness training to all of their custodial and maintenance staff, but has not provided the 14-hour training. The LEA would like to have its custodial staff remove loose nonfriable vinyl floor tiles for disposal from the building after the accredited asbestos contractor has performed the removal work. Under AHERA, does picking up nonfriable floor tiles for the purposes of disposal constitute “disturbance” of asbestos-containing building material (ACBM) and therefore would require the 14-hour training?
  5. Applicability of AHERA A public school district leases space from a non-school group (e.g., corporation, YMCA, etc.) to use as a “school building.” Who is responsible, the school or the landlord, for complying with the asbestos in schools rule, pursuant to the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) ?
  6. Inspections and Reinspections A school building burns down. A local education agency (LEA) wants to use a local community center under the authority of an LEA for 6 months due to the emergency. Does this temporary school building have to be inspected?
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  1. Asbestos Model Accreditation Plan (MAP)
  2. Applicability of the Asbestos MAP Is someone who works as a “Registered Environmental Assessor” also required by the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) to be an accredited asbestos inspector in order to perform asbestos inspection work?
  3. Applicability of the Asbestos MAP Under the Asbestos Model Accreditation Plan (MAP) can unaccredited persons under the supervision of an accredited inspector collect samples, and look in crawl spaces and other areas to locate asbestos-containing building material (ACBM)?
  4. Applicability of the Asbestos MAP Are persons who conduct the asbestos portion of an environmental assessment required to be certified under the Asbestos Model Accreditation Plan (MAP) if they do not collect asbestos samples?
  5. Applicability of the Asbestos MAP Are persons who collect asbestos bulk samples on an infrequent or occasional basis subject to Asbestos Model Accreditation Plan (MAP) inspector accreditation requirements?
  6. Applicability of the Asbestos MAP Do accreditation requirements under the Asbestos Model Accreditation Plan (MAP) apply to persons removing nonfriable asbestos-containing material from schools?
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  1. Asbestos in Vermiculite
  2. I am thinking about buying a house but it has vermiculite attic insulation in it. Should I have it removed before or after I buy the house?
  3. I use/used vermiculite to enhance my potting soil. Should I be concerned?
  4. My attic has vermiculite insulation in it. Am I at risk? Should I take it out?
  5. What are some uses of Vermiculite?
  6. What is Vermiculite?
  1. Finding Asbestos
  2. Does dry wall or sheet rock contain asbestos?
  1. Asbestos in Brakes
  2. I have changed my brakes in the past, should I be worried about asbestos exposure?
  1. Reporting a Violation
  2. How can I report a suspected asbestos violation?

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