Acronyms are useful shorthand in the world of asbestos remediation and removal, but can be opaque to residents and businesses who experience issues with asbestos exposure for the first time. If you’re doing your own research or digging through the information about asbestos abatement contractors in your area, you might hit a wall of unusual acronyms, referring to materials, agencies, and acts you’re not familiar with. We’re here to help provide a little clarity in your quest to learn more about asbestos acronyms.
Acronyms for Asbestos
Asbestos – the material found in older building construction – has many technical and shorthand acronyms used in businesses and agencies who work to regulate and remove it. Here are some of the most common:
- ABS: Asbestos. You may see this shorthand for asbestos, especially in the names of companies that deal with it or in technical documentation. Generally speaking, it’s referring to any material that contains asbestos.
- ACM: Asbestos-Containing Material. Any manufactured materials that contain asbestos. A term used by the industry and regulatory bodies, it is defined as a product that contains more than 1% asbestos.
- ACWM: Asbestos-Containing Waste Material. During asbestos removal, asbestos-containing materials are generally removed with surrounding materials. Since all are contaminated with asbestos, these waste materials need to be disposed of properly.
Acronyms for Asbestos-Related Agencies and Acts
Beyond terms applying directly to asbestos, there are many acts and regulatory agencies that can be useful to understand.
- EPA: Environmental Protection Agency. While you’ve probably heard about the EPA, it’s important to understand that they are the primary regulatory body of asbestos use in the US. It’s also important to understand that asbestos isn’t technically banned.
- AHERA: Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act. Part of the EPA’s, Toxic Substance Control Act, AHERA was an additional section added on in 1986, legislation focusing on creating standards for asbestos identifications and abatement.
- NESHAP: National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants. These EPA standards set requirements for the inspection and removal of asbestos by certified contractors before renovation or demolition of buildings. Only applies to certain types of buildings.
Want to learn more asbestos-related terms? Check out our blog, 7 Asbestos Terms You Should Know. If you’re looking to use the services of an asbestos abatement company and you’re in Massachusetts or Connecticut, contact Fiber Control, Inc. We specialize in abatement and removal of asbestos and other hazardous materials and can help you today.