Asbestos is the name of a group of naturally occurring minerals that have historically been used in over 4,000 building
products. In addition to boiler and pipe insulation applications, asbestos may be in everyday products, such
as cement siding, sprayed-on decorative ceiling texture (through 1978) or the paper backing of vinyl floor coverings
Inhaling asbestos fibers can cause cancer and related diseases. For this reason, it is wise (and may be required)
to hire an AHERA* certified building inspector to survey the renovation or demolition project prior to starting the
work. This survey will identify regulated asbestos-containing materials that will be disturbed or remove in order
to complete your project. Once identified, proper techniques can be applied to minimize the risk of exposure and
to dispose of the materials safely.
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Removal of asbestos-containing materials is regulated by NWCAA Regulation Section 570. Contractors and property owners are required to notify our agency in writing before beginning
any asbestos removal projects.
Homeowners working on their own single family homes which they occupy are exempt from asbestos worker certification,
but all other rules apply.
Apartments, duplexes, condos & rentals are specifically required to use only Washington State certified asbestos
abatement contractors for asbestos removal.
Every asbestos situation may be a little different. Understand your responsibilities as a property owner or contractor
and use appropriate methods for asbestos removal. Please call our office to discuss the specifics of your project.
*An AHERA building inspector is specially trained and certified to do asbestos surveys. AHERA stands for
the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act, which directed the U.S. EPA to establish guidelines for dealing with