Wisconsin Asbestos Regulations
Created by FindLaw's team of legal writers and editors | Last reviewed December 07, 2018
Getting the plans together for a renovation or demolition project can be exciting as well as daunting. But whether you’re redoing the basement of your Whitefish Bay home, or you’ve been hired for a major demolition in Eau Claire, you’ll need to know if those walls and other structures contain asbestos, a known carcinogen. You’ll also want to become familiar with the federal and Wisconsin state asbestos regulations to ensure you handle, contain, and dispose of asbestos containing material (ACM) properly.
Why Is Asbestos Regulated?
Asbestos is a naturally-occurring, fibrous mineral that was used in many building materials during the 20th century thanks to its heat-resistant, insulating qualities. Intact, undisturbed asbestos is not dangerous on its own. However, inhaling asbestos fibers that are released during renovations, demolition, deterioration, or other activities can lead to serious illness, such as mesothelioma (cancer of the chest and abdominal linings), lung cancer, and asbestosis (irreversible lung scarring similar to emphysema).
States and the federal government began restricting the use of asbestos in the 1960s and 1970s as its dangers became better known, with most uses banned by 1990. However, since many structures, such as popcorn ceilings, still contain asbestos, there are many laws regulating the removal process as well as emission standards for places like schools and the workplace.
Federal and Wisconsin Asbestos Laws
Since asbestos exposure carries such serious risks, there are numerous state and federal regulations designed to protect the public and limit exposure. For example, people who perform asbestos abatement activity must generally be trained and certified according to Wisconsin asbestos regulations. Additionally, facilities must be inspected for asbestos prior to any renovation or demolition work, unless the structure is a residential building with four or fewer dwelling units.
The following chart provides important sections of Wisconsin’s asbestos regulations, as well as relevant regulatory agencies.
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.
Indiana Asbestos Regulations: Related Resources
- Wisconsin Accident and Injury Laws
- Wisconsin Asbestos FAQ
- Asbestos FAQ
- Asbestos Exposure Risks
- Asbestos Exposure: Symptoms and Diseases
Get Legal Help with Your Injuries from Asbestos Exposure in Wisconsin
Whether you were exposed to asbestos during a construction project, at your workplace, or at home, no one should have to fight for their legal rights alone. But it can be difficult to know whether you have an asbestos claim, who is responsible, and how to begin the process of seeking compensation. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney in Wisconsin who can answer your questions and help guide you through the process of filing a claim.
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