The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) (Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Title II)
This law required EPA to promulgate regulations (e.g., the Asbestos-Containing Materials in Schools Rule) requiring local educational agencies to inspect their school buildings for asbestos-containing building material, prepare asbestos management plans and perform asbestos response actions to prevent or reduce asbestos hazards. AHERA also tasked EPA with developing a model plan for states for accrediting persons conducting asbestos inspection and corrective-action activities at schools. The Toxic Substances Control Act defines asbestos as the asbestiform varieties of: chrysotile (serpentine); crocidolite (riebeckite); amosite (cummingtonite/grunerite); anthophyllite; tremolite; and actinolite.
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What are the Health Risks of Asbestos in the Home?
If asbestos exists in your home, is well-maintained and in good condition, it is unlikely you will experience issues that may impact your health. Asbestos can be harmful to your health if it is disturbed or damage. Once the asbestos is airborne and inhaled, you and your family can be at risk. Asbestos can be maintained properly, but if you suspect your home is having negative problems with asbestos, you should contact a professional immediately.
*If you're buying a home, the seller is NOT legally obligated to disclose if their home contains asbestos. However, state and local requirements may require disclosure.
How do i know if i have asbestos in my home?
Asbestos can be present in your floor tile, ceiling tile, shingles, siding, and many other places. If you know you have asbestos in your home and notice light or heavy damage (fraying or crumbling) to areas that might hold asbestos, it is best to contact a professional building and home inspector. EPA recommends contacting a certified professional to properly test your home for asbestos. The EPA will also recommend you complete a routine asbestos testing if you plan to rennovate your home or plan on buying a home.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO RECEIVE RESULTS FROM MY TEST SAMPLE(s)?
The sample testing varies depending on the lab's workload. However, you can receive your lab test results within less than 10 days. If you need samples immediately, you can also request same day results for an additional fee.