North Carolina Asbestos Regulations
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Even if you don’t know exactly what asbestos is, you know it’s not safe and you hope it’s not lurking in the walls around you. Because of the health hazards associated with asbestos, the federal government and all 50 states, including North Carolina, have enacted laws and regulations restricting its use and controlling its removal process. So, if you’re worried that there’s asbestos in your home, or you’ve been hired to renovate an office building, you’ll need to know about North Carolina’s asbestos regulations before taking action.
Asbestos and Its Dirty Past
Asbestos was used heavily during the 20th century because it’s a naturally-occurring mineral with heat-resistant qualities that made it well-suited for use in the construction industry. However, more and more scientists began to agree that it posed serious health risks, and most uses were eventually banned by 1990. Unfortunately, many buildings and other items still contain asbestos. It’s now listed as known carcinogen, and inhaling asbestos fibers can cause mesothelioma (cancer of the chest and abdominal lining), lung cancer, and asbestosis (irreversible lung scarring).
Asbestos Laws in North Carolina
Many North Carolina asbestos regulations mirror or simply adopt the federal standards for asbestos emissions, inspection, and removal. In addition to those regulations, all contractors who inspect and work with asbestos-containing material must be trained and accredited according to North Carolina state law. And although homeowners are exempt from most permit and notification requirements, it’s strongly recommended that you hire an accredited professional to inspect and remove structures that could contain asbestos to avoid the release of toxic asbestos fibers.
The following chart provides some of the key sections of North Carolina’s asbestos regulations, as well as relevant state and federal regulatory agencies.
Statutes & Regulations
Asbestos Regulatory Agencies
Asbestos Removal Regulations
Note: State regulations are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
North Carolina Asbestos Regulations: Related Resources
- North Carolina Accident and Injury Laws
- Guidance for Contractors Conducting Asbestos Work in North Carolina
- Asbestos FAQ
- Asbestos Exposure Risks
- Asbestos Exposure: Symptoms and Diseases
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