What Cleaning and Restoration Professionals Need to Know to Comply with Federal and State Asbestos Regulations: New Article


David M. Governo and Colin N. Holmes recently were asked to write an article on asbestos issues for the disaster recovery industry. We are pleased to report that part one of our two-part article has been published in the March-April 2014 issue of Cleaning and Restoration magazine, entitled "The Letter of the Law: Asbestos Regulatory Guidance for the Restoration Industry, Pt. 1." Part one of the article provides an overview of the complicated federal regulations that govern the cleaning and restoration industry. The federal government regulates asbestos exposure in buildings chiefly through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") and the Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA"). OSHA sets standards for worker protection involving construction, including the renovation and demolition of buildings, while the EPA sets broader standards to protect workers and the environment from the dangers of asbestos. Mr. Governo and Mr. Holmes warn that restoration contractors need to comply with regulations promulgated by both agencies when working at jobsites where asbestos-containing materials may be present or risk significant potential civil penalties and even criminal liability. It is imperative for such businesses to familiarize themselves with the existing regimes and regulations to ensure compliance. Part 2 of the article will focus on state regulations and be published in the May issue of Cleaning and Restoration magazine. You may view part 1 of the article in PDF format here. To learn more about how federal and state asbestos regulations can affect you, please contact David M. Governo at [email protected] or Colin N. Holmes at [email protected].

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