When we talk about asbestos regulations, the first one that is commonly brought up is the Asbestos Ban and Phase-Out-Rule, which was an EPA (the US Environmental Protection Agency) ruling targeted directly at banning asbestos. While its comprehensive ruling was short-lived, it was not the first legislation from the EPA about asbestos. The Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA) was a more general rule that empowered the EPA to put requirements and regulations into play when it came to certain materials and substances, including asbestos. In many ways, it provided the groundwork for asbestos control, including regulations for how asbestos contractors work.
The Toxic Substance Control Act Objectives
The TSCA was enacted to put into place a framework for the EPA to have the authority to put regulations into place and enforce these regulations, exerting direct governmental control over use and production of chemicals in the US. Their objectives fell into two major categories:
- Assess: The TSCA allowed the EPA to assess current and new commercial chemicals before they entered the market.
- Regulate: The EPA could put regulations into place about the use, transportation, and manufacturing of chemicals.
Current major chemicals being regulated by the EPA from the TSCA include asbestos, lead, mercury, formaldehyde, PCBs, and some types of hexavalent chromium.
TSCA Title II – Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA)
While asbestos is regulated by the general TSCA rules, the act also has additional sections that were added on afterward. The first to be added on was Title II, knowns as the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act or “AHERA” in 1986. The primary goal of this act was to create standards for asbestos abatement, including the need for asbestos contractors to be trained and certified. While these standards were initially only for school buildings, AHERA and follow-up regulations on a federal and state level set requirements on contractors for asbestos abatement.
When it comes to asbestos, it’s important to know what the requirements are, as well as what exactly what your options are if you need asbestos contained and removed. Contact Fiber Control, Inc. to get started with a consultation, from inspection all the way to abatement. We’re licensed and insured asbestos contractors for Massachusetts and New Hampshire, as well as dealing with both mold remediation and lead RRP.