Many types of construction and renovation projects may involve asbestos. Any work with or around asbestos or asbestos-containing products is subject to specific requirements and regulations. Please see the appropriate tabs for more details.
Be aware of the potential for encountering asbestos during any of these activities:
* Renovations, where building materials or components are altered or removed.
* Demolition of buildings or structural supports.
* Maintenance on boilers, piping and VAC systems.
* Maintenance on equipment in and around ceilings.
* Cable installation, replacement or maintenance.
* Flooring removal or repair.
* Roofing removal or repair.
* Ceiling tile maintenance or repair.
* Painting, repair or cleaning of spray-applied acoustical coatings or textures.
Asbestos Survey Requirements
• Pipe/component insulation
• Decorative ceilings (sprayed)
• Valve packing
• Floor tile, sheet vinyl, baseboards, and associated mastics
• Ceiling tiles
• Specialty paints and coatings
• Roofing shingles, flashings, and built up asphalt roofs
• Wallboard and Joint compound
• Felts (roofing)
• Transite panels
• Ebony boards
• Mastics (adhesives)
• Electrical wire coating/filler material
• Elevator brake shoes and other friction products
Asbestos Management Procedures
1. A written asbestos survey is required before demolition of a building or structural load bearing member, before building renovations, or before maintenance on insulated equipment or building systems. These materials could either be coated or covered with asbestos containing materials. Only a licensed asbestos consultant or an accredited asbestos building surveyor (inspector) working under the direction of a licensed asbestos consultant can perform asbestos surveys. The survey must be signed by a licensed asbestos consultant. The survey must at a minimum conform to the requirements of the DEP district or local Pollution Control Agency that is responsible for the region where the work is being performed.
2. A licensed asbestos contractor must be hired to remove asbestos containing materials before any maintenance, or renovation activities disturb it, and to remove Regulated Asbestos-Containing Materials (RACM) from buildings prior to demolition activities. Licensure as an asbestos contractor is not required, if certain criteria are met, for the removal and disposal of asbestos-containing roofing materials (in good condition), asbestos-containing resilient flooring materials, and asbestos-containing exterior conduit or piping. Note: a survey may still be required by the DEP district or local Pollution Control Agency for the specific area and materials to be disturbed, and to be kept on site during all activities. Written notification for floor removal is required to be received by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) three days prior to the removal, if the removal is not performed by a LICENSED asbestos contractor and only if a method of removal is followed which does not render the friable during removal. Forms are available through the DBPR office and in most cases can be obtained at the DEP district or local Pollution Control Agency.
3. Written notification is required to be hand delivered or postmarked at least ten (10) working days prior to any demolition (even if the amount of asbestos is zero), and ten (10) working days prior to removal of any RACM. Notifications are required to be submitted to DEP district or local Pollution Control Agency that is responsible for the region where the work is taking place.
4. All records of asbestos related activities including asbestos survey reports, asbestos removal specifications, contractual agreements, asbestos regulations, and disposal manifests should be maintained on file indefinitely.
5. A written asbestos survey report must be available on-site during any renovation activity. Some regions require a copy of the survey report to accompany the written notification for all demolition operations.
6. All employees who potentially come in contact with asbestos containing materials must be given instructions on the hazards, regulations and the associated products that contain asbestos. Under no circumstances should untrained, uncertified or non-licensed individuals handle asbestos containing materials.
7. No person shall cannibalize any equipment or building components prior to having a complete written asbestos survey, and a determination that an asbestos hazard is not present on the equipment or building component(s) that will be affected, and a copy of the asbestos survey must be maintained on site during these operations.
8. All RACM must be removed prior to the demolition of a building or structure, or any activity that may break up or disturb the RACM.
Overview of Asbestos Regulations
For more information, contact the Florida Asbestos NESHAPS.