Benton Clean Air Agency

Asbestos

Looking for a Contractor?

For a list of AHERA Building Inspectors, click here.

For a list of abatement contractors certified by WA L&I, click here.

For a list of training providers for the AHERA Building Inspector certification, please contact EPA Region 10.

Do Asbestos Rules Apply to My Project?

If you are involved, directly or indirectly, with altering a structure, regardless of its age, in any way, your project is subject to asbestos regulations. This includes wrecking, razing, leveling, dismantling or moving a structure or component of a structure. Home remodeling projects are included, such as re-roofing, re-siding, carpet/tile removal, window replacement, new furnace installation, etc. (View Overview | View Regulation)

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was widely used in building materials for its durability and intrinsic fireproofing characteristics. Asbestos is still used today in some products.

Dangers of Asbestos Exposure

Exposure to asbestos has been linked to cancer and other respiratory diseases, which is why federal, state and local regulations exist-to protect public health from uncontrolled disturbances of asbestos-containing products. Benton Clean Air Agency administers an asbestos program in Benton County.

2013 Requirement to Label Building Materials that Contain Asbestos

Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral fiber. Because of its strength and heat resistance, asbestos has been used in a variety of building construction materials. Today, asbestos-containing building materials are still imported, sold, and used in the United States - despite our knowledge that asbestos is harmful to human health. People using asebestos-containing building materials should avoid creating and breathing dust.

Who is affected by this law?

The law applies to manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors of asbestos-containing building materials.

What does this law require?

Effective January 1, 2014, manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors of asbestos-containing building materials must prominently label both the product and packaging for the following building materials:

  • Any building material naturally containing more than one percent asbestos.
  • Any building material that has any amount of asbestos added to it.

Where does the label need to be put?

Label the product:

  • In a prominent location near the product name or description on the exterior wrapping or packaging in which the product is stored, shipped, and sold.
  • On the exterior surface of the asbestos-containing building material itself, unless it is:
    • sold as a liquid or paste or
    • unless it is sand or gravel.

What must the label say?

At a minimum, the label must state:

CAUTION!This product contains ASBESTOS, which is known to cause cancer and lung disease.
Avoid creating dust. Intentionally removing or tampering with this label is a violation of state law.


What exemptions apply?

Labeling

The labeling requirement does not apply to:

  • Retailers that do not manufacture, wholesale or distribute asbestos-containing building materials
  • Asbestos-containing building materials that:
    • Have already been installed, applied or used by the consumer
    • Are used solely for United States Military purposes
    • Were purchased by a retailer prior to January 1, 2014 (stock-on-hand)

Building materials

The term “building materials” does not include products designed for:

  • Cars
  • Recreational vehicles
  • Boats

Other mobile means of transportation

Dealing with Asbestos

What to do if it IS asbestos. Don’t Panic. There are options.

Leave it alone.

Asbestos is a problem only if fibers are released to the air.

  • Asbestos-containing materials that are in good repair and not being disturbed will not release asbestos fibers.
  • Sometimes, it is possible to work around asbestos without removing it.

For example, rather than removing a sheet vinyl floor with asbestos backing, it may be possible to lay the new sheet vinyl on top of the old, or to install a new ¼ inch plywood underlayment on top of the existing and then the new sheet vinyl. However, if asbestos-containing material is damaged, subject to being damaged, or must be disturbed as part of a remodeling project, then you should repair, encapsulate or remove it.

Repair & Encapsulate.

Sometimes, asbestos can be repaired or encapsulated rather than removed.

  • A few inches of torn, loose or frayed asbestos tape wrap on heating ducts can be sealed with paint or duct tape.
  • Damaged hot water pipe insulation can be covered with a specially designed fabric available at safety equipment stores.
  • Similarly, some asbestos applications that are in good condition can be encapsulated to stabilize them and reduce the likelihood of asbestos releases.

Encapsulation often is the best option when dealing with insulation on heating systems. o Homeowners should be aware, however, that although encapsulation seems like an attractive option, especially when dealing with furnace ducts or spray-on “popcorn” ceilings, there may be less obvious costs and risks involved. o For example, painting may make a future removal much more difficult. It also can cause heavy popcorn applications or popcorn that has been water-damaged to fall off ceilings in clumps.

In cases involving extensive asbestos damage or disturbance, removal may be the more appropriate option.

Removal Options.

As an owner-occupied, single-family residence, there are two legal options when having asbestos removed from your home:

  • Hire a certified asbestos abatement contractor. The law prohibits you from hiring anyone other than a certified asbestos abatement contractor to perform asbestos removal work. These experts are trained to remove asbestos effectively and safely. They also perform air monitoring to ensure that the air in your home meets acceptable standards after the project is completed. Asbestos abatement contractors are listed in the yellow pages; make sure you check that they are certified, bonded, and insured.
  • Do the work yourself. Some projects can be done safely—but only if prescribed work procedures are strictly followed. All asbestos-containing material must be removed and disposed of in accordance with Benton Clean Air Agency regulations.

Some projects, such as the removal of certain types of asbestos insulation on hot water boilers and associated pipe systems, and vermiculite insulation, are very hazardous and should be performed only by an abatement contractor.

  1. Asbestos Forms, Publications & Resources
  2. BCAA Regulation 1

Forms, Publications & Resources

Below is the BCAA form to be submitted prior to renovation or demolition.
Asbestos Notification


Resources

  1. Benton Clean Air Agency Regulation I, Article 8 Asbestos
  2. List of Accredited Labs
  3. EPA’s Asbestos Website
  4. Labor and Industries
  5. EPA’s List of AHERA Training Providers

Publications

Overview of Renovation/Demolition

We always recommend that a professional asbestos abatement contractor perform any of these jobs, however, here are some tips for doing the work yourself.

Flooring Removal for Homeowners

Siding Removal for Homeowners

Popcorn Ceiling Removal for Homeowners

Asbestos Questions

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber that has been used in more than 3,000 different construction materials and manufactured products. It is commonly found in heating system insulation, decorative spray-on ceiling treatments, vinyl flooring, cement shake siding and a variety of additional materials. Some asbestos-containing materials were still being installed into the late 1980s.

All types of asbestos tend to break into very tiny fibers. These individual fibers are so small that many must be identified using a microscope. In fact, some individual fibers may be up to 700 times smaller than a human hair. Because asbestos fibers are so small, once released into the air, they may stay suspended there for hours or even days.

Asbestos fibers are also virtually indestructible. They are resistant to chemicals and heat, and they are very stable in the environment. They do not evaporate into air or dissolve in water, and they are not broken down over time. Asbestos is probably the best insulator known to man.

Usually asbestos is mixed with other materials to actually form the products. Floor tiles, for example, may contain only a small percentage of asbestos.The asbestos content of different materials varies according to the product and how it is used. Among those materials with higher concentrations of asbestos are insulation products on heating Systems and the backing on sheet vinyl flooring. However, an uncontrolled disturbance of any asbestos-containing material in any concentration may be dangerous to your health!

Why is Asbestos a problem?

Breathing asbestos fibers can be dangerous. When disturbed, asbestos breaks down into fibers up to 1,200 times thinner than a human hair. When inhaled, they become trapped in lung tissues. Medical research tells us that up to 30 years after inhalation, asbestos fibers can cause lung cancer or mesothelioma, a related terminal cancer of the tissue lining the chest cavity.

Because asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral and has been so widely used in manufactured products, including automobile brake linings, it can be found almost everywhere. Trace amounts are in the air we breathe every day. Most of us have asbestos fibers in our lungs.

On the other hand, there’s no known safe level of asbestos exposure. That’s why medical, environmental health and regulatory organizations stress the need to protect health by minimizing exposure to airborne asbestos fibers accumulate at elevated levels. Elevated levels result from uncontrolled disturbances and removals of asbestos-containing materials.

Asbestos is not always an immediate hazard. In fact, if asbestos can be maintained in good condition, it is recommended that it be left alone and periodic surveillance performed to monitor it’s condition. It’s only when asbestos containing materials are disturbed or the materials become damaged that it becomes a hazard. When the materials become damaged, the fibers separate and may then become airborne. In the asbestos industry, the term ‘friable’ is used to describe asbestos that can be reduced to dust by hand pressure. ‘Non-friable’ means asbestos that is too hard to be reduce to dust by hand. Non-friable materials, such as transite siding and floor tiles are not regulated provided it does not become friable. Machine grinding, sanding and dry-buffing are ways of causing non-friable materials to become friable.

Asbestos has been identified at my home or business. What are the requirements for removal?

If you decide to have asbestos removed, BCAA strongly encourages you to use a state-certified asbestos abatement contractor. These experts are trained to employ removal techniques that ensure asbestos is effectively and safely removed. They also perform air monitoring to ensure that the air at your business meets acceptable standards after the project is completed. Be aware that during asbestos removal, that there may be subtantial disruption to your business operation due to the potential hazards of exposing your employees and the public to asbestos.

Bonded, insured asbestos abatement contractors are in the yellow pages of your telephone directory under “Asbestos”. Get several bids and check references before making a selection. The contractors should also be able to tell you what kind of disruption to expect.

The asbestos contractor should be aware of the reporting requirements in Benton County. A “Notification of Intent to Remove Asbestos” form, which can be downloaded (PDF or DOC) is required for all asbestos project in Benton County. Once approved, the form allows you to legally remove asbestos and dispose of it at specified asbestos disposal sites. Failure by the contractor to file this form may result in enforcement action being taken against the contractor and/or the business owner.

I am worried there might be asbestos in my home? How can I tell?

Areas to consider looking when identifying asbestos in your home.

Asbestos is only a concern if it is disturbed-that’s when fibers are released into the air. This could occur during a remodel or repair project. The only way to know for sure is to have the material tested. If you are planning a renovation, and doing the work yourself, you may perform your own survey of the structure to determine if it may have suspect asbestos-containing materials.

You should have suspect materials tested for asbestos prior to renovation by submitting a sample for lab analysis. (vermiculite insulation is an exception). Labs are listed in the yellow pages under “Asbestos-Consulting and Testing.” Ask a laboratory technician to instruct you how to properly obtain a sample. Please contact us for further information, or click here.

I meet the criteria of an Owner-Occupied, Single-Family Residence. Prior to my renovation/demolition, do I need a certified AHERA building inspector to inspect the structure?

For demolition, yes. For renovation, no-however, there are specific work practices and disposal requirements you must comply with. Contact Benton Clean Air for further information. Important: Please note that if anyone other than the homeowner will be doing renovation work, the survey must be performed by a certified AHERA building inspector.

How do I determine if a material contains asbestos?

A: You must have it tested by a laboratory. You can send your sample to an accredited lab, with prices varying between $6 – $25, depending upon the turnaround time.

Asbestos was found in my home that I plan to have demolished, can I remove the asbestos myself?

Yes, however, there are specific work practices and disposal requirements. Please contact Benton Clean Air for further information.

I have vermiculite insulation in my attic. Should I remove it?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends it be left alone. Avoid using your attic for occupancy and storage. If you must use your attic, limit the trips to it. If you are planning a remodel, never attempt to remove asbestos vermiculite insulation yourself. For more information, visit EPA’s website on asbestos.

What is an asbestos project?

It is any activity involving the abatement, renovation, demolition, removal, salvage, clean-up, or disposal of asbestos-containing material (ACM) or any other action or inaction that disturbs or is likely to disturb any ACM. It includes the removal and disposal of ACM or asbestos-containing waste material. It does not include the application of duct tape, rewettable glass cloth, canvas, cement, paint, or other non-asbestos materials to seal or fill exposed areas where asbestos fibers may be released nor does it include nonfriable asbestos containing roofing material that will not be rendered friable.

Who is responsible to have the asbestos survey done?

Any person causing or allowing renovation or demolition e.g. property owners/managers, lessors, tenants, contractors, workers, and other involved parties

Do I still need a survey if the building I am working on is only a few years old?

Yes. There is no cut-off date when it is safe to assume that asbestos is not present in building materials. If your building was certified to be built asbestos-free, then this certification may be used as supporting documentation by the AHERA building inspector performing the survey. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, 9 thousand metric tons of asbestos were used in roofing products in the U.S. as recent as the year 2000.

Can I, the contractor, take samples of materials to a laboratory to determine asbestos content?

Only if you are also an AHERA certified asbestos inspector.

Can I treat materials as asbestos-containing, instead of paying to get a survey?

If an asbestos survey is not conducted, building materials that will or may be disturbed must be assumed to contain asbestos. Handling asbestos-containing material must be performed by properly trained and certified asbestos workers and supervised by a Washington State certified asbestos supervisor.

In addition to the training and certification requirements, people handling asbestos would be subject to other regulatory requirements, such as hazard communication, medical exams, and other worker protection issues. Check with the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries for these additional requirements. Although you can assume that materials contain asbestos and follow all asbestos-related requirements, you can never assume building materials do not contain asbestos.

Demolition

Demolition (owner-occupied, single family residence)

The Benton Clean Air Agency’s regulations define a demolition project as the wrecking, razing, leveling, dismantling, or burning of a structure (allowed by permit for fire department training), thereby making the structure permanently uninhabitable or unusable.

Notification Requirements

The Benton Clean Air Agency must be notified at least ten working days in advance, on its agency-supplied forms, of any asbestos project (construction, demolition, renovation, clean-up, repair, or maintenance) and whenever a structure will be demolished. The proper fees must accompany the notification.

Survey Requirements

An asbestos survey is required by the Benton Clean Air Agency prior to any commercial renovation or demolition activities on any structure, vacant or not. The Department of Labor & Industries requires that the survey must be performed by an Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act (AHERA) inspector prior to undertaking a renovation or demolition project.

Removal Requirements

If asbestos containing material is identified by the survey, it must be removed and disposed of in accordance with the Benton Clean Air Agency regulations, by persons appropriately trained and certified by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

Posting Requirements

A copy of the asbestos survey, notification and all amendments to the notification must be posted on-site.

Additional Requirements

In addition to Benton Clean Air requirements, most building departments require a renovation and demolition permit separate from Benton Clean Air’s Notice of Intent.

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has asbestos survey, notification and removal standards (WAC 296-62, 296-65, and 296-155). Click here for link to L & I’s asbestos page. You may also contact L & I by phone: (509) 735-0128.

Renovation, demolition, and construction may be subject to lead regulations. The Washington State Department of Ecology’s web page provides State Lead Regulations and Guidance for rules administered by the Department of Ecology, the Department of Health, and the Department of Labor and Industries and WISHA. In Washington, the Department of Commerce will administer the EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Remodeling rule. Click here for a link to the Department of Commerce’s lead web page.

Homeowners may remove the asbestos provided that they follow proper work practices and dispose of the waste properly.

Renovation

Renovation/Remodel (owner-occupied, single-family residence)

  • An asbestos survey is required prior to performing renovation/remodel activities.
  • If you’re not doing the renovation work yourself, then you must hire a AHERA certified building inspector to conduct the asbestos survey. Check the phone book under “asbestos abatement/consulting/testing.”
  • If you are doing the renovation/remodel work yourself, then you may perform the survey yourself.
  • You should have suspected materials tested for asbestos prior to renovation by submitting a sample for lab analysis. (vermiculite insulation is an exception). o Labs are listed in the yellow pages under Asbestos—Consulting and Testing. Ask a laboratory technician to instruct you how to properly obtain a sample.

How do I determine if a suspect material contains asbestos?

You must have it tested by a laboratory. You can send your sample to an accredited lab, with prices varying between $6 – $25, depending upon the turnaround time. A listing of accredited laboratories can be found here

What to do if it IS asbestos. Don’t panic. There are options.

Notification Requirements

The Benton Clean Air Agency must be notified at least ten working days in advance, on its agency-supplied forms, of any asbestos project (construction, demolition, renovation, clean-up, repair, or maintenance) and whenever a structure will be demolished. The proper fees must accompany the notification.

Survey Requirements

An asbestos survey is required by the Benton Clean Air Agency prior to any commercial renovation or demolition activities on any structure, vacant or not. The Department of Labor & Industries requires that the survey must be performed by an Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act (AHERA) inspector prior to undertaking a renovation or demolition project.

Removal Requirements

If asbestos containing material is identified by the survey, it must be removed and disposed of in accordance with the Benton Clean Air Agency regulations, by persons appropriately trained and certified by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, or by the homeowner for qualifying facilities.

Posting Requirements

A copy of the asbestos survey, notification and all amendments to the notification must be posted on-site.

Additional Requirements

In addition to Benton Clean Air requirements, most building departments require a renovation and demolition permit separate from Benton Clean Air’s Notice of Intent.

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has asbestos survey, notification and removal standards (WAC 296-62, 296-65, and 296-155). Click here for link to L & I’s asbestos page. You may also contact L & I by phone: (509) 735-0128.

Renovation, demolition, and construction may be subject to lead regulations. The Washington State Department of Ecology’s web page provides State Lead Regulations and Guidance for rules administered by the Department of Ecology, the Department of Health, and the Department of Labor and Industries and WISHA. In Washington, the Department of Commerce will administer the EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Remodeling rule. Click here for a link to the Department of Commerce’s lead web page.

Homeowner

Defining the Homeowner in an asbestos situation

An owner-occupied, single-family residence is one that the owner of the home lives in both PRIOR to and AFTER renovation activities.

Owner-occupied, single-family residence doesn’t include:

  • rental property
  • multiple-family units
  • mixed-use structures containing a residential unit(s)
  • structures involved in commercial/governmental related activities (e.g. commercial development, property management, real estate transactions, ordered demolition, etc.)

Asbestos information related to these “commercial” activities, click here.

You have determined that you qualify as an owner-occupied, single family resident.
Are you planning a Demolition or Renovation/Remodel?

Contractors

Commercial Demolition, Renovation and Asbestos

Benton Clean Air Agency has adopted asbestos regulations related to renovation and demolition projects. The following information is a quick overview and is not intended to be a substitute for the current Asbestos Control Standards.

  • Renovation -altering a structure or component in any way other than demolition.
  • Demolition -wrecking or taking out of any load supporting structural member of a facility or intentional burning of a facility (only for fire training purposes).

Notification Requirements

The Benton Clean Air Agency must be notified at least ten working days in advance, on its agency-supplied forms, of any asbestos project (construction, demolition, renovation, clean-up, repair, or maintenance) and whenever a structure will be demolished. The proper fees must accompany the notification.

Survey Requirements

An asbestos survey is required by the Benton Clean Air Agency prior to any commercial renovation or demolition activities on any structure, vacant or not. The Department of Labor & Industries requires that the survey must be performed by an Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act (AHERA) inspector prior to undertaking a renovation or demolition project.

Removal Requirements

If asbestos containing material is identified by the survey, it must be removed and disposed of in accordance with the Benton Clean Air Agency regulations, by persons appropriately trained and certified by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

Posting Requirements

A copy of the asbestos survey, notification and all amendments to the notification must be posted on-site.

Additional Requirements

In addition to Benton Clean Air requirements, most building departments require a renovation and demolition permit separate from Benton Clean Air’s Notice of Intent.

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has asbestos survey, notification and removal standards (WAC 296-62, 296-65, and 296-155). Click here for link to L & I’s asbestos page. You may also contact L & I by phone: (509) 735-0128.

Renovation, demolition, and construction may be subject to lead regulations. The Washington State Department of Ecology’s web page provides State Lead Regulations and Guidance for rules administered by the Department of Ecology, the Department of Health, and the Department of Labor and Industries and WISHA. In Washington, the Department of Commerce will administer the EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Remodeling rule. Click here for a link to the Department of Commerce’s lead web page.

AHERA Building Inspectors

Prior to commencing a renovation or demolition in Benton County the building owner or contractor must obtain a good faith survey for the presence of asbestos performed by an AHERA Building Inspector. The contractors in the list below provide these services. Please keep in mind the list is not exhaustive and there may be others who can perform this type of inspection. If you are an AHERA Building Inspector and want to be added to the list, please call (509)783-1304x4.

Asbestos Contractor & Address Phone

A1 Asbestos LLC

4113 Mission Creek Rd., Cashmere, WA 98815

(509) 782-8889

Asbestos and Mold Solutions, Inc.

1837 Terminal Dr., Richland, WA 99352

(509) 943-1104

Blue Mountain Environmental Consulting Company

125 Main St., Waitsburg, WA 99361

(509) 337-6403

Cliff Thorn Construction LLC

1552 Georgia Ave., Richland, WA 99352

(509) 416-2007

Fulcrum Environmental Consulting

406 N. 2nd St., Yakima, WA 98901

(509) 574-0839

id1, Inc,

79 Lone Ranch Creek Rd., Danville, WA 99121

(509) 779-4171

IRS Environmental

E 12415 Trent Ave., Spokane, WA 99216

(509) 927-7867

PBS Engineering and Environmental

400 Bradley Blvd. Ste 106, Richland, WA 99352

(509) 942-1600

Premier Construction

318 E. 45th Ave., Kennewick, WA 99337

(509) 948-4321

Pro-Con Restoration & Abatement LLC

101904 Wiser Pkwy, Kennewick, WA 99338

(509) 713-0811

RCP Environmental

13828 NW 10th Ct., Vancouver, WA 98685

(360) 787-3682

RH Welch, Inc.

96902 E. Kaitlyn Dr., Kennewick, WA 99338

(509) 851-0771

Specialty Environmental

2626 E. Trent Ave., Spokane, WA 99202

(509) 535-1515

Tektoniks Corporation

306 W. Moore St., Walla Walla, WA 99362

(509) 529-8424

Tri-Valley Construction, Inc.

1008 N. 1st St., Yakima, WA 98901

(509) 452-4098

Washington Asbestos Testing, LLC

11200 Kirkland Way Suite 340 A, Kirkland, WA 98033

(425) 658-7286


If you would like to become an AHERA Building Inspector, please contact a training provider. The training program must be managed by the EPA’s Model Accreditation Program.

Benton Clean Air Agency

Benton Clean Air Agency

Asbestos

Looking for a Contractor?

For a list of AHERA Building Inspectors, click here.

For a list of abatement contractors certified by WA L&I, click here.

For a list of training providers for the AHERA Building Inspector certification, please contact EPA Region 10.

Do Asbestos Rules Apply to My Project?

If you are involved, directly or indirectly, with altering a structure, regardless of its age, in any way, your project is subject to asbestos regulations. This includes wrecking, razing, leveling, dismantling or moving a structure or component of a structure. Home remodeling projects are included, such as re-roofing, re-siding, carpet/tile removal, window replacement, new furnace installation, etc. (View Overview | View Regulation)

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was widely used in building materials for its durability and intrinsic fireproofing characteristics. Asbestos is still used today in some products.

Dangers of Asbestos Exposure

Exposure to asbestos has been linked to cancer and other respiratory diseases, which is why federal, state and local regulations exist-to protect public health from uncontrolled disturbances of asbestos-containing products. Benton Clean Air Agency administers an asbestos program in Benton County.

2013 Requirement to Label Building Materials that Contain Asbestos

Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral fiber. Because of its strength and heat resistance, asbestos has been used in a variety of building construction materials. Today, asbestos-containing building materials are still imported, sold, and used in the United States - despite our knowledge that asbestos is harmful to human health. People using asebestos-containing building materials should avoid creating and breathing dust.

Who is affected by this law?

The law applies to manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors of asbestos-containing building materials.

What does this law require?

Effective January 1, 2014, manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors of asbestos-containing building materials must prominently label both the product and packaging for the following building materials:

  • Any building material naturally containing more than one percent asbestos.
  • Any building material that has any amount of asbestos added to it.

Where does the label need to be put?

Label the product:

  • In a prominent location near the product name or description on the exterior wrapping or packaging in which the product is stored, shipped, and sold.
  • On the exterior surface of the asbestos-containing building material itself, unless it is:
    • sold as a liquid or paste or
    • unless it is sand or gravel.

What must the label say?

At a minimum, the label must state:

CAUTION!This product contains ASBESTOS, which is known to cause cancer and lung disease.
Avoid creating dust. Intentionally removing or tampering with this label is a violation of state law.


What exemptions apply?

Labeling

The labeling requirement does not apply to:

  • Retailers that do not manufacture, wholesale or distribute asbestos-containing building materials
  • Asbestos-containing building materials that:
    • Have already been installed, applied or used by the consumer
    • Are used solely for United States Military purposes
    • Were purchased by a retailer prior to January 1, 2014 (stock-on-hand)

Building materials

The term “building materials” does not include products designed for:

  • Cars
  • Recreational vehicles
  • Boats

Other mobile means of transportation

Dealing with Asbestos

What to do if it IS asbestos. Don’t Panic. There are options.

Leave it alone.

Asbestos is a problem only if fibers are released to the air.

  • Asbestos-containing materials that are in good repair and not being disturbed will not release asbestos fibers.
  • Sometimes, it is possible to work around asbestos without removing it.

For example, rather than removing a sheet vinyl floor with asbestos backing, it may be possible to lay the new sheet vinyl on top of the old, or to install a new ¼ inch plywood underlayment on top of the existing and then the new sheet vinyl. However, if asbestos-containing material is damaged, subject to being damaged, or must be disturbed as part of a remodeling project, then you should repair, encapsulate or remove it.

Repair & Encapsulate.

Sometimes, asbestos can be repaired or encapsulated rather than removed.

  • A few inches of torn, loose or frayed asbestos tape wrap on heating ducts can be sealed with paint or duct tape.
  • Damaged hot water pipe insulation can be covered with a specially designed fabric available at safety equipment stores.
  • Similarly, some asbestos applications that are in good condition can be encapsulated to stabilize them and reduce the likelihood of asbestos releases.

Encapsulation often is the best option when dealing with insulation on heating systems. o Homeowners should be aware, however, that although encapsulation seems like an attractive option, especially when dealing with furnace ducts or spray-on “popcorn” ceilings, there may be less obvious costs and risks involved. o For example, painting may make a future removal much more difficult. It also can cause heavy popcorn applications or popcorn that has been water-damaged to fall off ceilings in clumps.

In cases involving extensive asbestos damage or disturbance, removal may be the more appropriate option.

Removal Options.

As an owner-occupied, single-family residence, there are two legal options when having asbestos removed from your home:

  • Hire a certified asbestos abatement contractor. The law prohibits you from hiring anyone other than a certified asbestos abatement contractor to perform asbestos removal work. These experts are trained to remove asbestos effectively and safely. They also perform air monitoring to ensure that the air in your home meets acceptable standards after the project is completed. Asbestos abatement contractors are listed in the yellow pages; make sure you check that they are certified, bonded, and insured.
  • Do the work yourself. Some projects can be done safely—but only if prescribed work procedures are strictly followed. All asbestos-containing material must be removed and disposed of in accordance with Benton Clean Air Agency regulations.

Some projects, such as the removal of certain types of asbestos insulation on hot water boilers and associated pipe systems, and vermiculite insulation, are very hazardous and should be performed only by an abatement contractor.

  1. Asbestos Forms, Publications & Resources
  2. BCAA Regulation 1

Forms, Publications & Resources

Below is the BCAA form to be submitted prior to renovation or demolition.
Asbestos Notification


Resources

  1. Benton Clean Air Agency Regulation I, Article 8 Asbestos
  2. List of Accredited Labs
  3. EPA’s Asbestos Website
  4. Labor and Industries
  5. EPA’s List of AHERA Training Providers

Publications

Overview of Renovation/Demolition

We always recommend that a professional asbestos abatement contractor perform any of these jobs, however, here are some tips for doing the work yourself.

Flooring Removal for Homeowners

Siding Removal for Homeowners

Popcorn Ceiling Removal for Homeowners

Asbestos Questions

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber that has been used in more than 3,000 different construction materials and manufactured products. It is commonly found in heating system insulation, decorative spray-on ceiling treatments, vinyl flooring, cement shake siding and a variety of additional materials. Some asbestos-containing materials were still being installed into the late 1980s.

All types of asbestos tend to break into very tiny fibers. These individual fibers are so small that many must be identified using a microscope. In fact, some individual fibers may be up to 700 times smaller than a human hair. Because asbestos fibers are so small, once released into the air, they may stay suspended there for hours or even days.

Asbestos fibers are also virtually indestructible. They are resistant to chemicals and heat, and they are very stable in the environment. They do not evaporate into air or dissolve in water, and they are not broken down over time. Asbestos is probably the best insulator known to man.

Usually asbestos is mixed with other materials to actually form the products. Floor tiles, for example, may contain only a small percentage of asbestos.The asbestos content of different materials varies according to the product and how it is used. Among those materials with higher concentrations of asbestos are insulation products on heating Systems and the backing on sheet vinyl flooring. However, an uncontrolled disturbance of any asbestos-containing material in any concentration may be dangerous to your health!

Why is Asbestos a problem?

Breathing asbestos fibers can be dangerous. When disturbed, asbestos breaks down into fibers up to 1,200 times thinner than a human hair. When inhaled, they become trapped in lung tissues. Medical research tells us that up to 30 years after inhalation, asbestos fibers can cause lung cancer or mesothelioma, a related terminal cancer of the tissue lining the chest cavity.

Because asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral and has been so widely used in manufactured products, including automobile brake linings, it can be found almost everywhere. Trace amounts are in the air we breathe every day. Most of us have asbestos fibers in our lungs.

On the other hand, there’s no known safe level of asbestos exposure. That’s why medical, environmental health and regulatory organizations stress the need to protect health by minimizing exposure to airborne asbestos fibers accumulate at elevated levels. Elevated levels result from uncontrolled disturbances and removals of asbestos-containing materials.

Asbestos is not always an immediate hazard. In fact, if asbestos can be maintained in good condition, it is recommended that it be left alone and periodic surveillance performed to monitor it’s condition. It’s only when asbestos containing materials are disturbed or the materials become damaged that it becomes a hazard. When the materials become damaged, the fibers separate and may then become airborne. In the asbestos industry, the term ‘friable’ is used to describe asbestos that can be reduced to dust by hand pressure. ‘Non-friable’ means asbestos that is too hard to be reduce to dust by hand. Non-friable materials, such as transite siding and floor tiles are not regulated provided it does not become friable. Machine grinding, sanding and dry-buffing are ways of causing non-friable materials to become friable.

Asbestos has been identified at my home or business. What are the requirements for removal?

If you decide to have asbestos removed, BCAA strongly encourages you to use a state-certified asbestos abatement contractor. These experts are trained to employ removal techniques that ensure asbestos is effectively and safely removed. They also perform air monitoring to ensure that the air at your business meets acceptable standards after the project is completed. Be aware that during asbestos removal, that there may be subtantial disruption to your business operation due to the potential hazards of exposing your employees and the public to asbestos.

Bonded, insured asbestos abatement contractors are in the yellow pages of your telephone directory under “Asbestos”. Get several bids and check references before making a selection. The contractors should also be able to tell you what kind of disruption to expect.

The asbestos contractor should be aware of the reporting requirements in Benton County. A “Notification of Intent to Remove Asbestos” form, which can be downloaded (PDF or DOC) is required for all asbestos project in Benton County. Once approved, the form allows you to legally remove asbestos and dispose of it at specified asbestos disposal sites. Failure by the contractor to file this form may result in enforcement action being taken against the contractor and/or the business owner.

I am worried there might be asbestos in my home? How can I tell?

Areas to consider looking when identifying asbestos in your home.

Asbestos is only a concern if it is disturbed-that’s when fibers are released into the air. This could occur during a remodel or repair project. The only way to know for sure is to have the material tested. If you are planning a renovation, and doing the work yourself, you may perform your own survey of the structure to determine if it may have suspect asbestos-containing materials.

You should have suspect materials tested for asbestos prior to renovation by submitting a sample for lab analysis. (vermiculite insulation is an exception). Labs are listed in the yellow pages under “Asbestos-Consulting and Testing.” Ask a laboratory technician to instruct you how to properly obtain a sample. Please contact us for further information, or click here.

I meet the criteria of an Owner-Occupied, Single-Family Residence. Prior to my renovation/demolition, do I need a certified AHERA building inspector to inspect the structure?

For demolition, yes. For renovation, no-however, there are specific work practices and disposal requirements you must comply with. Contact Benton Clean Air for further information. Important: Please note that if anyone other than the homeowner will be doing renovation work, the survey must be performed by a certified AHERA building inspector.

How do I determine if a material contains asbestos?

A: You must have it tested by a laboratory. You can send your sample to an accredited lab, with prices varying between $6 – $25, depending upon the turnaround time.

Asbestos was found in my home that I plan to have demolished, can I remove the asbestos myself?

Yes, however, there are specific work practices and disposal requirements. Please contact Benton Clean Air for further information.

I have vermiculite insulation in my attic. Should I remove it?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends it be left alone. Avoid using your attic for occupancy and storage. If you must use your attic, limit the trips to it. If you are planning a remodel, never attempt to remove asbestos vermiculite insulation yourself. For more information, visit EPA’s website on asbestos.

What is an asbestos project?

It is any activity involving the abatement, renovation, demolition, removal, salvage, clean-up, or disposal of asbestos-containing material (ACM) or any other action or inaction that disturbs or is likely to disturb any ACM. It includes the removal and disposal of ACM or asbestos-containing waste material. It does not include the application of duct tape, rewettable glass cloth, canvas, cement, paint, or other non-asbestos materials to seal or fill exposed areas where asbestos fibers may be released nor does it include nonfriable asbestos containing roofing material that will not be rendered friable.

Who is responsible to have the asbestos survey done?

Any person causing or allowing renovation or demolition e.g. property owners/managers, lessors, tenants, contractors, workers, and other involved parties

Do I still need a survey if the building I am working on is only a few years old?

Yes. There is no cut-off date when it is safe to assume that asbestos is not present in building materials. If your building was certified to be built asbestos-free, then this certification may be used as supporting documentation by the AHERA building inspector performing the survey. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, 9 thousand metric tons of asbestos were used in roofing products in the U.S. as recent as the year 2000.

Can I, the contractor, take samples of materials to a laboratory to determine asbestos content?

Only if you are also an AHERA certified asbestos inspector.

Can I treat materials as asbestos-containing, instead of paying to get a survey?

If an asbestos survey is not conducted, building materials that will or may be disturbed must be assumed to contain asbestos. Handling asbestos-containing material must be performed by properly trained and certified asbestos workers and supervised by a Washington State certified asbestos supervisor.

In addition to the training and certification requirements, people handling asbestos would be subject to other regulatory requirements, such as hazard communication, medical exams, and other worker protection issues. Check with the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries for these additional requirements. Although you can assume that materials contain asbestos and follow all asbestos-related requirements, you can never assume building materials do not contain asbestos.

Demolition

Demolition (owner-occupied, single family residence)

The Benton Clean Air Agency’s regulations define a demolition project as the wrecking, razing, leveling, dismantling, or burning of a structure (allowed by permit for fire department training), thereby making the structure permanently uninhabitable or unusable.

Notification Requirements

The Benton Clean Air Agency must be notified at least ten working days in advance, on its agency-supplied forms, of any asbestos project (construction, demolition, renovation, clean-up, repair, or maintenance) and whenever a structure will be demolished. The proper fees must accompany the notification.

Survey Requirements

An asbestos survey is required by the Benton Clean Air Agency prior to any commercial renovation or demolition activities on any structure, vacant or not. The Department of Labor & Industries requires that the survey must be performed by an Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act (AHERA) inspector prior to undertaking a renovation or demolition project.

Removal Requirements

If asbestos containing material is identified by the survey, it must be removed and disposed of in accordance with the Benton Clean Air Agency regulations, by persons appropriately trained and certified by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

Posting Requirements

A copy of the asbestos survey, notification and all amendments to the notification must be posted on-site.

Additional Requirements

In addition to Benton Clean Air requirements, most building departments require a renovation and demolition permit separate from Benton Clean Air’s Notice of Intent.

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has asbestos survey, notification and removal standards (WAC 296-62, 296-65, and 296-155). Click here for link to L & I’s asbestos page. You may also contact L & I by phone: (509) 735-0128.

Renovation, demolition, and construction may be subject to lead regulations. The Washington State Department of Ecology’s web page provides State Lead Regulations and Guidance for rules administered by the Department of Ecology, the Department of Health, and the Department of Labor and Industries and WISHA. In Washington, the Department of Commerce will administer the EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Remodeling rule. Click here for a link to the Department of Commerce’s lead web page.

Homeowners may remove the asbestos provided that they follow proper work practices and dispose of the waste properly.

Renovation

Renovation/Remodel (owner-occupied, single-family residence)

  • An asbestos survey is required prior to performing renovation/remodel activities.
  • If you’re not doing the renovation work yourself, then you must hire a AHERA certified building inspector to conduct the asbestos survey. Check the phone book under “asbestos abatement/consulting/testing.”
  • If you are doing the renovation/remodel work yourself, then you may perform the survey yourself.
  • You should have suspected materials tested for asbestos prior to renovation by submitting a sample for lab analysis. (vermiculite insulation is an exception). o Labs are listed in the yellow pages under Asbestos—Consulting and Testing. Ask a laboratory technician to instruct you how to properly obtain a sample.

How do I determine if a suspect material contains asbestos?

You must have it tested by a laboratory. You can send your sample to an accredited lab, with prices varying between $6 – $25, depending upon the turnaround time. A listing of accredited laboratories can be found here

What to do if it IS asbestos. Don’t panic. There are options.

Notification Requirements

The Benton Clean Air Agency must be notified at least ten working days in advance, on its agency-supplied forms, of any asbestos project (construction, demolition, renovation, clean-up, repair, or maintenance) and whenever a structure will be demolished. The proper fees must accompany the notification.

Survey Requirements

An asbestos survey is required by the Benton Clean Air Agency prior to any commercial renovation or demolition activities on any structure, vacant or not. The Department of Labor & Industries requires that the survey must be performed by an Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act (AHERA) inspector prior to undertaking a renovation or demolition project.

Removal Requirements

If asbestos containing material is identified by the survey, it must be removed and disposed of in accordance with the Benton Clean Air Agency regulations, by persons appropriately trained and certified by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, or by the homeowner for qualifying facilities.

Posting Requirements

A copy of the asbestos survey, notification and all amendments to the notification must be posted on-site.

Additional Requirements

In addition to Benton Clean Air requirements, most building departments require a renovation and demolition permit separate from Benton Clean Air’s Notice of Intent.

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has asbestos survey, notification and removal standards (WAC 296-62, 296-65, and 296-155). Click here for link to L & I’s asbestos page. You may also contact L & I by phone: (509) 735-0128.

Renovation, demolition, and construction may be subject to lead regulations. The Washington State Department of Ecology’s web page provides State Lead Regulations and Guidance for rules administered by the Department of Ecology, the Department of Health, and the Department of Labor and Industries and WISHA. In Washington, the Department of Commerce will administer the EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Remodeling rule. Click here for a link to the Department of Commerce’s lead web page.

Homeowner

Defining the Homeowner in an asbestos situation

An owner-occupied, single-family residence is one that the owner of the home lives in both PRIOR to and AFTER renovation activities.

Owner-occupied, single-family residence doesn’t include:

  • rental property
  • multiple-family units
  • mixed-use structures containing a residential unit(s)
  • structures involved in commercial/governmental related activities (e.g. commercial development, property management, real estate transactions, ordered demolition, etc.)

Asbestos information related to these “commercial” activities, click here.

You have determined that you qualify as an owner-occupied, single family resident.
Are you planning a Demolition or Renovation/Remodel?

Contractors

Commercial Demolition, Renovation and Asbestos

Benton Clean Air Agency has adopted asbestos regulations related to renovation and demolition projects. The following information is a quick overview and is not intended to be a substitute for the current Asbestos Control Standards.

  • Renovation -altering a structure or component in any way other than demolition.
  • Demolition -wrecking or taking out of any load supporting structural member of a facility or intentional burning of a facility (only for fire training purposes).

Notification Requirements

The Benton Clean Air Agency must be notified at least ten working days in advance, on its agency-supplied forms, of any asbestos project (construction, demolition, renovation, clean-up, repair, or maintenance) and whenever a structure will be demolished. The proper fees must accompany the notification.

Survey Requirements

An asbestos survey is required by the Benton Clean Air Agency prior to any commercial renovation or demolition activities on any structure, vacant or not. The Department of Labor & Industries requires that the survey must be performed by an Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act (AHERA) inspector prior to undertaking a renovation or demolition project.

Removal Requirements

If asbestos containing material is identified by the survey, it must be removed and disposed of in accordance with the Benton Clean Air Agency regulations, by persons appropriately trained and certified by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

Posting Requirements

A copy of the asbestos survey, notification and all amendments to the notification must be posted on-site.

Additional Requirements

In addition to Benton Clean Air requirements, most building departments require a renovation and demolition permit separate from Benton Clean Air’s Notice of Intent.

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has asbestos survey, notification and removal standards (WAC 296-62, 296-65, and 296-155). Click here for link to L & I’s asbestos page. You may also contact L & I by phone: (509) 735-0128.

Renovation, demolition, and construction may be subject to lead regulations. The Washington State Department of Ecology’s web page provides State Lead Regulations and Guidance for rules administered by the Department of Ecology, the Department of Health, and the Department of Labor and Industries and WISHA. In Washington, the Department of Commerce will administer the EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Remodeling rule. Click here for a link to the Department of Commerce’s lead web page.

AHERA Building Inspectors

Prior to commencing a renovation or demolition in Benton County the building owner or contractor must obtain a good faith survey for the presence of asbestos performed by an AHERA Building Inspector. The contractors in the list below provide these services. Please keep in mind the list is not exhaustive and there may be others who can perform this type of inspection. If you are an AHERA Building Inspector and want to be added to the list, please call (509)783-1304x4.

Asbestos Contractor & Address Phone

A1 Asbestos LLC

4113 Mission Creek Rd., Cashmere, WA 98815

(509) 782-8889

Asbestos and Mold Solutions, Inc.

1837 Terminal Dr., Richland, WA 99352

(509) 943-1104

Blue Mountain Environmental Consulting Company

125 Main St., Waitsburg, WA 99361

(509) 337-6403

Cliff Thorn Construction LLC

1552 Georgia Ave., Richland, WA 99352

(509) 416-2007

Fulcrum Environmental Consulting

406 N. 2nd St., Yakima, WA 98901

(509) 574-0839

id1, Inc,

79 Lone Ranch Creek Rd., Danville, WA 99121

(509) 779-4171

IRS Environmental

E 12415 Trent Ave., Spokane, WA 99216

(509) 927-7867

PBS Engineering and Environmental

400 Bradley Blvd. Ste 106, Richland, WA 99352

(509) 942-1600

Premier Construction

318 E. 45th Ave., Kennewick, WA 99337

(509) 948-4321

Pro-Con Restoration & Abatement LLC

101904 Wiser Pkwy, Kennewick, WA 99338

(509) 713-0811

RCP Environmental

13828 NW 10th Ct., Vancouver, WA 98685

(360) 787-3682

RH Welch, Inc.

96902 E. Kaitlyn Dr., Kennewick, WA 99338

(509) 851-0771

Specialty Environmental

2626 E. Trent Ave., Spokane, WA 99202

(509) 535-1515

Tektoniks Corporation

306 W. Moore St., Walla Walla, WA 99362

(509) 529-8424

Tri-Valley Construction, Inc.

1008 N. 1st St., Yakima, WA 98901

(509) 452-4098

Washington Asbestos Testing, LLC

11200 Kirkland Way Suite 340 A, Kirkland, WA 98033

(425) 658-7286


If you would like to become an AHERA Building Inspector, please contact a training provider. The training program must be managed by the EPA’s Model Accreditation Program.

Benton Clean Air Agency

Benton Clean Air Agency

Asbestos

Looking for a Contractor?

For a list of AHERA Building Inspectors, click here.

For a list of abatement contractors certified by WA L&I, click here.

For a list of training providers for the AHERA Building Inspector certification, please contact EPA Region 10.

Do Asbestos Rules Apply to My Project?

If you are involved, directly or indirectly, with altering a structure, regardless of its age, in any way, your project is subject to asbestos regulations. This includes wrecking, razing, leveling, dismantling or moving a structure or component of a structure. Home remodeling projects are included, such as re-roofing, re-siding, carpet/tile removal, window replacement, new furnace installation, etc. (View Overview | View Regulation)

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was widely used in building materials for its durability and intrinsic fireproofing characteristics. Asbestos is still used today in some products.

Dangers of Asbestos Exposure

Exposure to asbestos has been linked to cancer and other respiratory diseases, which is why federal, state and local regulations exist-to protect public health from uncontrolled disturbances of asbestos-containing products. Benton Clean Air Agency administers an asbestos program in Benton County.

2013 Requirement to Label Building Materials that Contain Asbestos

Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral fiber. Because of its strength and heat resistance, asbestos has been used in a variety of building construction materials. Today, asbestos-containing building materials are still imported, sold, and used in the United States - despite our knowledge that asbestos is harmful to human health. People using asebestos-containing building materials should avoid creating and breathing dust.

Who is affected by this law?

The law applies to manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors of asbestos-containing building materials.

What does this law require?

Effective January 1, 2014, manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors of asbestos-containing building materials must prominently label both the product and packaging for the following building materials:

  • Any building material naturally containing more than one percent asbestos.
  • Any building material that has any amount of asbestos added to it.

Where does the label need to be put?

Label the product:

  • In a prominent location near the product name or description on the exterior wrapping or packaging in which the product is stored, shipped, and sold.
  • On the exterior surface of the asbestos-containing building material itself, unless it is:
    • sold as a liquid or paste or
    • unless it is sand or gravel.

What must the label say?

At a minimum, the label must state:

CAUTION!This product contains ASBESTOS, which is known to cause cancer and lung disease.
Avoid creating dust. Intentionally removing or tampering with this label is a violation of state law.


What exemptions apply?

Labeling

The labeling requirement does not apply to:

  • Retailers that do not manufacture, wholesale or distribute asbestos-containing building materials
  • Asbestos-containing building materials that:
    • Have already been installed, applied or used by the consumer
    • Are used solely for United States Military purposes
    • Were purchased by a retailer prior to January 1, 2014 (stock-on-hand)

Building materials

The term “building materials” does not include products designed for:

  • Cars
  • Recreational vehicles
  • Boats

Other mobile means of transportation

Dealing with Asbestos

What to do if it IS asbestos. Don’t Panic. There are options.

Leave it alone.

Asbestos is a problem only if fibers are released to the air.

  • Asbestos-containing materials that are in good repair and not being disturbed will not release asbestos fibers.
  • Sometimes, it is possible to work around asbestos without removing it.

For example, rather than removing a sheet vinyl floor with asbestos backing, it may be possible to lay the new sheet vinyl on top of the old, or to install a new ¼ inch plywood underlayment on top of the existing and then the new sheet vinyl. However, if asbestos-containing material is damaged, subject to being damaged, or must be disturbed as part of a remodeling project, then you should repair, encapsulate or remove it.

Repair & Encapsulate.

Sometimes, asbestos can be repaired or encapsulated rather than removed.

  • A few inches of torn, loose or frayed asbestos tape wrap on heating ducts can be sealed with paint or duct tape.
  • Damaged hot water pipe insulation can be covered with a specially designed fabric available at safety equipment stores.
  • Similarly, some asbestos applications that are in good condition can be encapsulated to stabilize them and reduce the likelihood of asbestos releases.

Encapsulation often is the best option when dealing with insulation on heating systems. o Homeowners should be aware, however, that although encapsulation seems like an attractive option, especially when dealing with furnace ducts or spray-on “popcorn” ceilings, there may be less obvious costs and risks involved. o For example, painting may make a future removal much more difficult. It also can cause heavy popcorn applications or popcorn that has been water-damaged to fall off ceilings in clumps.

In cases involving extensive asbestos damage or disturbance, removal may be the more appropriate option.

Removal Options.

As an owner-occupied, single-family residence, there are two legal options when having asbestos removed from your home:

  • Hire a certified asbestos abatement contractor. The law prohibits you from hiring anyone other than a certified asbestos abatement contractor to perform asbestos removal work. These experts are trained to remove asbestos effectively and safely. They also perform air monitoring to ensure that the air in your home meets acceptable standards after the project is completed. Asbestos abatement contractors are listed in the yellow pages; make sure you check that they are certified, bonded, and insured.
  • Do the work yourself. Some projects can be done safely—but only if prescribed work procedures are strictly followed. All asbestos-containing material must be removed and disposed of in accordance with Benton Clean Air Agency regulations.

Some projects, such as the removal of certain types of asbestos insulation on hot water boilers and associated pipe systems, and vermiculite insulation, are very hazardous and should be performed only by an abatement contractor.

  1. Asbestos Forms, Publications & Resources
  2. BCAA Regulation 1

Forms, Publications & Resources

Below is the BCAA form to be submitted prior to renovation or demolition.
Asbestos Notification


Resources

  1. Benton Clean Air Agency Regulation I, Article 8 Asbestos
  2. List of Accredited Labs
  3. EPA’s Asbestos Website
  4. Labor and Industries
  5. EPA’s List of AHERA Training Providers

Publications

Overview of Renovation/Demolition

We always recommend that a professional asbestos abatement contractor perform any of these jobs, however, here are some tips for doing the work yourself.

Flooring Removal for Homeowners

Siding Removal for Homeowners

Popcorn Ceiling Removal for Homeowners

Asbestos Questions

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber that has been used in more than 3,000 different construction materials and manufactured products. It is commonly found in heating system insulation, decorative spray-on ceiling treatments, vinyl flooring, cement shake siding and a variety of additional materials. Some asbestos-containing materials were still being installed into the late 1980s.

All types of asbestos tend to break into very tiny fibers. These individual fibers are so small that many must be identified using a microscope. In fact, some individual fibers may be up to 700 times smaller than a human hair. Because asbestos fibers are so small, once released into the air, they may stay suspended there for hours or even days.

Asbestos fibers are also virtually indestructible. They are resistant to chemicals and heat, and they are very stable in the environment. They do not evaporate into air or dissolve in water, and they are not broken down over time. Asbestos is probably the best insulator known to man.

Usually asbestos is mixed with other materials to actually form the products. Floor tiles, for example, may contain only a small percentage of asbestos.The asbestos content of different materials varies according to the product and how it is used. Among those materials with higher concentrations of asbestos are insulation products on heating Systems and the backing on sheet vinyl flooring. However, an uncontrolled disturbance of any asbestos-containing material in any concentration may be dangerous to your health!

Why is Asbestos a problem?

Breathing asbestos fibers can be dangerous. When disturbed, asbestos breaks down into fibers up to 1,200 times thinner than a human hair. When inhaled, they become trapped in lung tissues. Medical research tells us that up to 30 years after inhalation, asbestos fibers can cause lung cancer or mesothelioma, a related terminal cancer of the tissue lining the chest cavity.

Because asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral and has been so widely used in manufactured products, including automobile brake linings, it can be found almost everywhere. Trace amounts are in the air we breathe every day. Most of us have asbestos fibers in our lungs.

On the other hand, there’s no known safe level of asbestos exposure. That’s why medical, environmental health and regulatory organizations stress the need to protect health by minimizing exposure to airborne asbestos fibers accumulate at elevated levels. Elevated levels result from uncontrolled disturbances and removals of asbestos-containing materials.

Asbestos is not always an immediate hazard. In fact, if asbestos can be maintained in good condition, it is recommended that it be left alone and periodic surveillance performed to monitor it’s condition. It’s only when asbestos containing materials are disturbed or the materials become damaged that it becomes a hazard. When the materials become damaged, the fibers separate and may then become airborne. In the asbestos industry, the term ‘friable’ is used to describe asbestos that can be reduced to dust by hand pressure. ‘Non-friable’ means asbestos that is too hard to be reduce to dust by hand. Non-friable materials, such as transite siding and floor tiles are not regulated provided it does not become friable. Machine grinding, sanding and dry-buffing are ways of causing non-friable materials to become friable.

Asbestos has been identified at my home or business. What are the requirements for removal?

If you decide to have asbestos removed, BCAA strongly encourages you to use a state-certified asbestos abatement contractor. These experts are trained to employ removal techniques that ensure asbestos is effectively and safely removed. They also perform air monitoring to ensure that the air at your business meets acceptable standards after the project is completed. Be aware that during asbestos removal, that there may be subtantial disruption to your business operation due to the potential hazards of exposing your employees and the public to asbestos.

Bonded, insured asbestos abatement contractors are in the yellow pages of your telephone directory under “Asbestos”. Get several bids and check references before making a selection. The contractors should also be able to tell you what kind of disruption to expect.

The asbestos contractor should be aware of the reporting requirements in Benton County. A “Notification of Intent to Remove Asbestos” form, which can be downloaded (PDF or DOC) is required for all asbestos project in Benton County. Once approved, the form allows you to legally remove asbestos and dispose of it at specified asbestos disposal sites. Failure by the contractor to file this form may result in enforcement action being taken against the contractor and/or the business owner.

I am worried there might be asbestos in my home? How can I tell?

Areas to consider looking when identifying asbestos in your home.

Asbestos is only a concern if it is disturbed-that’s when fibers are released into the air. This could occur during a remodel or repair project. The only way to know for sure is to have the material tested. If you are planning a renovation, and doing the work yourself, you may perform your own survey of the structure to determine if it may have suspect asbestos-containing materials.

You should have suspect materials tested for asbestos prior to renovation by submitting a sample for lab analysis. (vermiculite insulation is an exception). Labs are listed in the yellow pages under “Asbestos-Consulting and Testing.” Ask a laboratory technician to instruct you how to properly obtain a sample. Please contact us for further information, or click here.

I meet the criteria of an Owner-Occupied, Single-Family Residence. Prior to my renovation/demolition, do I need a certified AHERA building inspector to inspect the structure?

For demolition, yes. For renovation, no-however, there are specific work practices and disposal requirements you must comply with. Contact Benton Clean Air for further information. Important: Please note that if anyone other than the homeowner will be doing renovation work, the survey must be performed by a certified AHERA building inspector.

How do I determine if a material contains asbestos?

A: You must have it tested by a laboratory. You can send your sample to an accredited lab, with prices varying between $6 – $25, depending upon the turnaround time.

Asbestos was found in my home that I plan to have demolished, can I remove the asbestos myself?

Yes, however, there are specific work practices and disposal requirements. Please contact Benton Clean Air for further information.

I have vermiculite insulation in my attic. Should I remove it?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends it be left alone. Avoid using your attic for occupancy and storage. If you must use your attic, limit the trips to it. If you are planning a remodel, never attempt to remove asbestos vermiculite insulation yourself. For more information, visit EPA’s website on asbestos.

What is an asbestos project?

It is any activity involving the abatement, renovation, demolition, removal, salvage, clean-up, or disposal of asbestos-containing material (ACM) or any other action or inaction that disturbs or is likely to disturb any ACM. It includes the removal and disposal of ACM or asbestos-containing waste material. It does not include the application of duct tape, rewettable glass cloth, canvas, cement, paint, or other non-asbestos materials to seal or fill exposed areas where asbestos fibers may be released nor does it include nonfriable asbestos containing roofing material that will not be rendered friable.

Who is responsible to have the asbestos survey done?

Any person causing or allowing renovation or demolition e.g. property owners/managers, lessors, tenants, contractors, workers, and other involved parties

Do I still need a survey if the building I am working on is only a few years old?

Yes. There is no cut-off date when it is safe to assume that asbestos is not present in building materials. If your building was certified to be built asbestos-free, then this certification may be used as supporting documentation by the AHERA building inspector performing the survey. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, 9 thousand metric tons of asbestos were used in roofing products in the U.S. as recent as the year 2000.

Can I, the contractor, take samples of materials to a laboratory to determine asbestos content?

Only if you are also an AHERA certified asbestos inspector.

Can I treat materials as asbestos-containing, instead of paying to get a survey?

If an asbestos survey is not conducted, building materials that will or may be disturbed must be assumed to contain asbestos. Handling asbestos-containing material must be performed by properly trained and certified asbestos workers and supervised by a Washington State certified asbestos supervisor.

In addition to the training and certification requirements, people handling asbestos would be subject to other regulatory requirements, such as hazard communication, medical exams, and other worker protection issues. Check with the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries for these additional requirements. Although you can assume that materials contain asbestos and follow all asbestos-related requirements, you can never assume building materials do not contain asbestos.

Demolition

Demolition (owner-occupied, single family residence)

The Benton Clean Air Agency’s regulations define a demolition project as the wrecking, razing, leveling, dismantling, or burning of a structure (allowed by permit for fire department training), thereby making the structure permanently uninhabitable or unusable.

Notification Requirements

The Benton Clean Air Agency must be notified at least ten working days in advance, on its agency-supplied forms, of any asbestos project (construction, demolition, renovation, clean-up, repair, or maintenance) and whenever a structure will be demolished. The proper fees must accompany the notification.

Survey Requirements

An asbestos survey is required by the Benton Clean Air Agency prior to any commercial renovation or demolition activities on any structure, vacant or not. The Department of Labor & Industries requires that the survey must be performed by an Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act (AHERA) inspector prior to undertaking a renovation or demolition project.

Removal Requirements

If asbestos containing material is identified by the survey, it must be removed and disposed of in accordance with the Benton Clean Air Agency regulations, by persons appropriately trained and certified by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

Posting Requirements

A copy of the asbestos survey, notification and all amendments to the notification must be posted on-site.

Additional Requirements

In addition to Benton Clean Air requirements, most building departments require a renovation and demolition permit separate from Benton Clean Air’s Notice of Intent.

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has asbestos survey, notification and removal standards (WAC 296-62, 296-65, and 296-155). Click here for link to L & I’s asbestos page. You may also contact L & I by phone: (509) 735-0128.

Renovation, demolition, and construction may be subject to lead regulations. The Washington State Department of Ecology’s web page provides State Lead Regulations and Guidance for rules administered by the Department of Ecology, the Department of Health, and the Department of Labor and Industries and WISHA. In Washington, the Department of Commerce will administer the EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Remodeling rule. Click here for a link to the Department of Commerce’s lead web page.

Homeowners may remove the asbestos provided that they follow proper work practices and dispose of the waste properly.

Renovation

Renovation/Remodel (owner-occupied, single-family residence)

  • An asbestos survey is required prior to performing renovation/remodel activities.
  • If you’re not doing the renovation work yourself, then you must hire a AHERA certified building inspector to conduct the asbestos survey. Check the phone book under “asbestos abatement/consulting/testing.”
  • If you are doing the renovation/remodel work yourself, then you may perform the survey yourself.
  • You should have suspected materials tested for asbestos prior to renovation by submitting a sample for lab analysis. (vermiculite insulation is an exception). o Labs are listed in the yellow pages under Asbestos—Consulting and Testing. Ask a laboratory technician to instruct you how to properly obtain a sample.

How do I determine if a suspect material contains asbestos?

You must have it tested by a laboratory. You can send your sample to an accredited lab, with prices varying between $6 – $25, depending upon the turnaround time. A listing of accredited laboratories can be found here

What to do if it IS asbestos. Don’t panic. There are options.

Notification Requirements

The Benton Clean Air Agency must be notified at least ten working days in advance, on its agency-supplied forms, of any asbestos project (construction, demolition, renovation, clean-up, repair, or maintenance) and whenever a structure will be demolished. The proper fees must accompany the notification.

Survey Requirements

An asbestos survey is required by the Benton Clean Air Agency prior to any commercial renovation or demolition activities on any structure, vacant or not. The Department of Labor & Industries requires that the survey must be performed by an Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act (AHERA) inspector prior to undertaking a renovation or demolition project.

Removal Requirements

If asbestos containing material is identified by the survey, it must be removed and disposed of in accordance with the Benton Clean Air Agency regulations, by persons appropriately trained and certified by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, or by the homeowner for qualifying facilities.

Posting Requirements

A copy of the asbestos survey, notification and all amendments to the notification must be posted on-site.

Additional Requirements

In addition to Benton Clean Air requirements, most building departments require a renovation and demolition permit separate from Benton Clean Air’s Notice of Intent.

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has asbestos survey, notification and removal standards (WAC 296-62, 296-65, and 296-155). Click here for link to L & I’s asbestos page. You may also contact L & I by phone: (509) 735-0128.

Renovation, demolition, and construction may be subject to lead regulations. The Washington State Department of Ecology’s web page provides State Lead Regulations and Guidance for rules administered by the Department of Ecology, the Department of Health, and the Department of Labor and Industries and WISHA. In Washington, the Department of Commerce will administer the EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Remodeling rule. Click here for a link to the Department of Commerce’s lead web page.

Homeowner

Defining the Homeowner in an asbestos situation

An owner-occupied, single-family residence is one that the owner of the home lives in both PRIOR to and AFTER renovation activities.

Owner-occupied, single-family residence doesn’t include:

  • rental property
  • multiple-family units
  • mixed-use structures containing a residential unit(s)
  • structures involved in commercial/governmental related activities (e.g. commercial development, property management, real estate transactions, ordered demolition, etc.)

Asbestos information related to these “commercial” activities, click here.

You have determined that you qualify as an owner-occupied, single family resident.
Are you planning a Demolition or Renovation/Remodel?

Contractors

Commercial Demolition, Renovation and Asbestos

Benton Clean Air Agency has adopted asbestos regulations related to renovation and demolition projects. The following information is a quick overview and is not intended to be a substitute for the current Asbestos Control Standards.

  • Renovation -altering a structure or component in any way other than demolition.
  • Demolition -wrecking or taking out of any load supporting structural member of a facility or intentional burning of a facility (only for fire training purposes).

Notification Requirements

The Benton Clean Air Agency must be notified at least ten working days in advance, on its agency-supplied forms, of any asbestos project (construction, demolition, renovation, clean-up, repair, or maintenance) and whenever a structure will be demolished. The proper fees must accompany the notification.

Survey Requirements

An asbestos survey is required by the Benton Clean Air Agency prior to any commercial renovation or demolition activities on any structure, vacant or not. The Department of Labor & Industries requires that the survey must be performed by an Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act (AHERA) inspector prior to undertaking a renovation or demolition project.

Removal Requirements

If asbestos containing material is identified by the survey, it must be removed and disposed of in accordance with the Benton Clean Air Agency regulations, by persons appropriately trained and certified by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

Posting Requirements

A copy of the asbestos survey, notification and all amendments to the notification must be posted on-site.

Additional Requirements

In addition to Benton Clean Air requirements, most building departments require a renovation and demolition permit separate from Benton Clean Air’s Notice of Intent.

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has asbestos survey, notification and removal standards (WAC 296-62, 296-65, and 296-155). Click here for link to L & I’s asbestos page. You may also contact L & I by phone: (509) 735-0128.

Renovation, demolition, and construction may be subject to lead regulations. The Washington State Department of Ecology’s web page provides State Lead Regulations and Guidance for rules administered by the Department of Ecology, the Department of Health, and the Department of Labor and Industries and WISHA. In Washington, the Department of Commerce will administer the EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Remodeling rule. Click here for a link to the Department of Commerce’s lead web page.

AHERA Building Inspectors

Prior to commencing a renovation or demolition in Benton County the building owner or contractor must obtain a good faith survey for the presence of asbestos performed by an AHERA Building Inspector. The contractors in the list below provide these services. Please keep in mind the list is not exhaustive and there may be others who can perform this type of inspection. If you are an AHERA Building Inspector and want to be added to the list, please call (509)783-1304x4.

Asbestos Contractor & Address Phone

A1 Asbestos LLC

4113 Mission Creek Rd., Cashmere, WA 98815

(509) 782-8889

Asbestos and Mold Solutions, Inc.

1837 Terminal Dr., Richland, WA 99352

(509) 943-1104

Blue Mountain Environmental Consulting Company

125 Main St., Waitsburg, WA 99361

(509) 337-6403

Cliff Thorn Construction LLC

1552 Georgia Ave., Richland, WA 99352

(509) 416-2007

Fulcrum Environmental Consulting

406 N. 2nd St., Yakima, WA 98901

(509) 574-0839

id1, Inc,

79 Lone Ranch Creek Rd., Danville, WA 99121

(509) 779-4171

IRS Environmental

E 12415 Trent Ave., Spokane, WA 99216

(509) 927-7867

PBS Engineering and Environmental

400 Bradley Blvd. Ste 106, Richland, WA 99352

(509) 942-1600

Premier Construction

318 E. 45th Ave., Kennewick, WA 99337

(509) 948-4321

Pro-Con Restoration & Abatement LLC

101904 Wiser Pkwy, Kennewick, WA 99338

(509) 713-0811

RCP Environmental

13828 NW 10th Ct., Vancouver, WA 98685

(360) 787-3682

RH Welch, Inc.

96902 E. Kaitlyn Dr., Kennewick, WA 99338

(509) 851-0771

Specialty Environmental

2626 E. Trent Ave., Spokane, WA 99202

(509) 535-1515

Tektoniks Corporation

306 W. Moore St., Walla Walla, WA 99362

(509) 529-8424

Tri-Valley Construction, Inc.

1008 N. 1st St., Yakima, WA 98901

(509) 452-4098

Washington Asbestos Testing, LLC

11200 Kirkland Way Suite 340 A, Kirkland, WA 98033

(425) 658-7286


If you would like to become an AHERA Building Inspector, please contact a training provider. The training program must be managed by the EPA’s Model Accreditation Program.

Benton Clean Air Agency

Benton Clean Air Agency

Asbestos

Looking for a Contractor?

For a list of AHERA Building Inspectors, click here.

For a list of abatement contractors certified by WA L&I, click here.

For a list of training providers for the AHERA Building Inspector certification, please contact EPA Region 10.

Do Asbestos Rules Apply to My Project?

If you are involved, directly or indirectly, with altering a structure, regardless of its age, in any way, your project is subject to asbestos regulations. This includes wrecking, razing, leveling, dismantling or moving a structure or component of a structure. Home remodeling projects are included, such as re-roofing, re-siding, carpet/tile removal, window replacement, new furnace installation, etc. (View Overview | View Regulation)

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was widely used in building materials for its durability and intrinsic fireproofing characteristics. Asbestos is still used today in some products.

Dangers of Asbestos Exposure

Exposure to asbestos has been linked to cancer and other respiratory diseases, which is why federal, state and local regulations exist-to protect public health from uncontrolled disturbances of asbestos-containing products. Benton Clean Air Agency administers an asbestos program in Benton County.

2013 Requirement to Label Building Materials that Contain Asbestos

Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral fiber. Because of its strength and heat resistance, asbestos has been used in a variety of building construction materials. Today, asbestos-containing building materials are still imported, sold, and used in the United States - despite our knowledge that asbestos is harmful to human health. People using asebestos-containing building materials should avoid creating and breathing dust.

Who is affected by this law?

The law applies to manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors of asbestos-containing building materials.

What does this law require?

Effective January 1, 2014, manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors of asbestos-containing building materials must prominently label both the product and packaging for the following building materials:

  • Any building material naturally containing more than one percent asbestos.
  • Any building material that has any amount of asbestos added to it.

Where does the label need to be put?

Label the product:

  • In a prominent location near the product name or description on the exterior wrapping or packaging in which the product is stored, shipped, and sold.
  • On the exterior surface of the asbestos-containing building material itself, unless it is:
    • sold as a liquid or paste or
    • unless it is sand or gravel.

What must the label say?

At a minimum, the label must state:

CAUTION!This product contains ASBESTOS, which is known to cause cancer and lung disease.
Avoid creating dust. Intentionally removing or tampering with this label is a violation of state law.


What exemptions apply?

Labeling

The labeling requirement does not apply to:

  • Retailers that do not manufacture, wholesale or distribute asbestos-containing building materials
  • Asbestos-containing building materials that:
    • Have already been installed, applied or used by the consumer
    • Are used solely for United States Military purposes
    • Were purchased by a retailer prior to January 1, 2014 (stock-on-hand)

Building materials

The term “building materials” does not include products designed for:

  • Cars
  • Recreational vehicles
  • Boats

Other mobile means of transportation

Dealing with Asbestos

What to do if it IS asbestos. Don’t Panic. There are options.

Leave it alone.

Asbestos is a problem only if fibers are released to the air.

  • Asbestos-containing materials that are in good repair and not being disturbed will not release asbestos fibers.
  • Sometimes, it is possible to work around asbestos without removing it.

For example, rather than removing a sheet vinyl floor with asbestos backing, it may be possible to lay the new sheet vinyl on top of the old, or to install a new ¼ inch plywood underlayment on top of the existing and then the new sheet vinyl. However, if asbestos-containing material is damaged, subject to being damaged, or must be disturbed as part of a remodeling project, then you should repair, encapsulate or remove it.

Repair & Encapsulate.

Sometimes, asbestos can be repaired or encapsulated rather than removed.

  • A few inches of torn, loose or frayed asbestos tape wrap on heating ducts can be sealed with paint or duct tape.
  • Damaged hot water pipe insulation can be covered with a specially designed fabric available at safety equipment stores.
  • Similarly, some asbestos applications that are in good condition can be encapsulated to stabilize them and reduce the likelihood of asbestos releases.

Encapsulation often is the best option when dealing with insulation on heating systems. o Homeowners should be aware, however, that although encapsulation seems like an attractive option, especially when dealing with furnace ducts or spray-on “popcorn” ceilings, there may be less obvious costs and risks involved. o For example, painting may make a future removal much more difficult. It also can cause heavy popcorn applications or popcorn that has been water-damaged to fall off ceilings in clumps.

In cases involving extensive asbestos damage or disturbance, removal may be the more appropriate option.

Removal Options.

As an owner-occupied, single-family residence, there are two legal options when having asbestos removed from your home:

  • Hire a certified asbestos abatement contractor. The law prohibits you from hiring anyone other than a certified asbestos abatement contractor to perform asbestos removal work. These experts are trained to remove asbestos effectively and safely. They also perform air monitoring to ensure that the air in your home meets acceptable standards after the project is completed. Asbestos abatement contractors are listed in the yellow pages; make sure you check that they are certified, bonded, and insured.
  • Do the work yourself. Some projects can be done safely—but only if prescribed work procedures are strictly followed. All asbestos-containing material must be removed and disposed of in accordance with Benton Clean Air Agency regulations.

Some projects, such as the removal of certain types of asbestos insulation on hot water boilers and associated pipe systems, and vermiculite insulation, are very hazardous and should be performed only by an abatement contractor.

  1. Asbestos Forms, Publications & Resources
  2. BCAA Regulation 1

Forms, Publications & Resources

Below is the BCAA form to be submitted prior to renovation or demolition.
Asbestos Notification


Resources

  1. Benton Clean Air Agency Regulation I, Article 8 Asbestos
  2. List of Accredited Labs
  3. EPA’s Asbestos Website
  4. Labor and Industries
  5. EPA’s List of AHERA Training Providers

Publications

Overview of Renovation/Demolition

We always recommend that a professional asbestos abatement contractor perform any of these jobs, however, here are some tips for doing the work yourself.

Flooring Removal for Homeowners

Siding Removal for Homeowners

Popcorn Ceiling Removal for Homeowners

Asbestos Questions

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber that has been used in more than 3,000 different construction materials and manufactured products. It is commonly found in heating system insulation, decorative spray-on ceiling treatments, vinyl flooring, cement shake siding and a variety of additional materials. Some asbestos-containing materials were still being installed into the late 1980s.

All types of asbestos tend to break into very tiny fibers. These individual fibers are so small that many must be identified using a microscope. In fact, some individual fibers may be up to 700 times smaller than a human hair. Because asbestos fibers are so small, once released into the air, they may stay suspended there for hours or even days.

Asbestos fibers are also virtually indestructible. They are resistant to chemicals and heat, and they are very stable in the environment. They do not evaporate into air or dissolve in water, and they are not broken down over time. Asbestos is probably the best insulator known to man.

Usually asbestos is mixed with other materials to actually form the products. Floor tiles, for example, may contain only a small percentage of asbestos.The asbestos content of different materials varies according to the product and how it is used. Among those materials with higher concentrations of asbestos are insulation products on heating Systems and the backing on sheet vinyl flooring. However, an uncontrolled disturbance of any asbestos-containing material in any concentration may be dangerous to your health!

Why is Asbestos a problem?

Breathing asbestos fibers can be dangerous. When disturbed, asbestos breaks down into fibers up to 1,200 times thinner than a human hair. When inhaled, they become trapped in lung tissues. Medical research tells us that up to 30 years after inhalation, asbestos fibers can cause lung cancer or mesothelioma, a related terminal cancer of the tissue lining the chest cavity.

Because asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral and has been so widely used in manufactured products, including automobile brake linings, it can be found almost everywhere. Trace amounts are in the air we breathe every day. Most of us have asbestos fibers in our lungs.

On the other hand, there’s no known safe level of asbestos exposure. That’s why medical, environmental health and regulatory organizations stress the need to protect health by minimizing exposure to airborne asbestos fibers accumulate at elevated levels. Elevated levels result from uncontrolled disturbances and removals of asbestos-containing materials.

Asbestos is not always an immediate hazard. In fact, if asbestos can be maintained in good condition, it is recommended that it be left alone and periodic surveillance performed to monitor it’s condition. It’s only when asbestos containing materials are disturbed or the materials become damaged that it becomes a hazard. When the materials become damaged, the fibers separate and may then become airborne. In the asbestos industry, the term ‘friable’ is used to describe asbestos that can be reduced to dust by hand pressure. ‘Non-friable’ means asbestos that is too hard to be reduce to dust by hand. Non-friable materials, such as transite siding and floor tiles are not regulated provided it does not become friable. Machine grinding, sanding and dry-buffing are ways of causing non-friable materials to become friable.

Asbestos has been identified at my home or business. What are the requirements for removal?

If you decide to have asbestos removed, BCAA strongly encourages you to use a state-certified asbestos abatement contractor. These experts are trained to employ removal techniques that ensure asbestos is effectively and safely removed. They also perform air monitoring to ensure that the air at your business meets acceptable standards after the project is completed. Be aware that during asbestos removal, that there may be subtantial disruption to your business operation due to the potential hazards of exposing your employees and the public to asbestos.

Bonded, insured asbestos abatement contractors are in the yellow pages of your telephone directory under “Asbestos”. Get several bids and check references before making a selection. The contractors should also be able to tell you what kind of disruption to expect.

The asbestos contractor should be aware of the reporting requirements in Benton County. A “Notification of Intent to Remove Asbestos” form, which can be downloaded (PDF or DOC) is required for all asbestos project in Benton County. Once approved, the form allows you to legally remove asbestos and dispose of it at specified asbestos disposal sites. Failure by the contractor to file this form may result in enforcement action being taken against the contractor and/or the business owner.

I am worried there might be asbestos in my home? How can I tell?

Areas to consider looking when identifying asbestos in your home.

Asbestos is only a concern if it is disturbed-that’s when fibers are released into the air. This could occur during a remodel or repair project. The only way to know for sure is to have the material tested. If you are planning a renovation, and doing the work yourself, you may perform your own survey of the structure to determine if it may have suspect asbestos-containing materials.

You should have suspect materials tested for asbestos prior to renovation by submitting a sample for lab analysis. (vermiculite insulation is an exception). Labs are listed in the yellow pages under “Asbestos-Consulting and Testing.” Ask a laboratory technician to instruct you how to properly obtain a sample. Please contact us for further information, or click here.

I meet the criteria of an Owner-Occupied, Single-Family Residence. Prior to my renovation/demolition, do I need a certified AHERA building inspector to inspect the structure?

For demolition, yes. For renovation, no-however, there are specific work practices and disposal requirements you must comply with. Contact Benton Clean Air for further information. Important: Please note that if anyone other than the homeowner will be doing renovation work, the survey must be performed by a certified AHERA building inspector.

How do I determine if a material contains asbestos?

A: You must have it tested by a laboratory. You can send your sample to an accredited lab, with prices varying between $6 – $25, depending upon the turnaround time.

Asbestos was found in my home that I plan to have demolished, can I remove the asbestos myself?

Yes, however, there are specific work practices and disposal requirements. Please contact Benton Clean Air for further information.

I have vermiculite insulation in my attic. Should I remove it?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends it be left alone. Avoid using your attic for occupancy and storage. If you must use your attic, limit the trips to it. If you are planning a remodel, never attempt to remove asbestos vermiculite insulation yourself. For more information, visit EPA’s website on asbestos.

What is an asbestos project?

It is any activity involving the abatement, renovation, demolition, removal, salvage, clean-up, or disposal of asbestos-containing material (ACM) or any other action or inaction that disturbs or is likely to disturb any ACM. It includes the removal and disposal of ACM or asbestos-containing waste material. It does not include the application of duct tape, rewettable glass cloth, canvas, cement, paint, or other non-asbestos materials to seal or fill exposed areas where asbestos fibers may be released nor does it include nonfriable asbestos containing roofing material that will not be rendered friable.

Who is responsible to have the asbestos survey done?

Any person causing or allowing renovation or demolition e.g. property owners/managers, lessors, tenants, contractors, workers, and other involved parties

Do I still need a survey if the building I am working on is only a few years old?

Yes. There is no cut-off date when it is safe to assume that asbestos is not present in building materials. If your building was certified to be built asbestos-free, then this certification may be used as supporting documentation by the AHERA building inspector performing the survey. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, 9 thousand metric tons of asbestos were used in roofing products in the U.S. as recent as the year 2000.

Can I, the contractor, take samples of materials to a laboratory to determine asbestos content?

Only if you are also an AHERA certified asbestos inspector.

Can I treat materials as asbestos-containing, instead of paying to get a survey?

If an asbestos survey is not conducted, building materials that will or may be disturbed must be assumed to contain asbestos. Handling asbestos-containing material must be performed by properly trained and certified asbestos workers and supervised by a Washington State certified asbestos supervisor.

In addition to the training and certification requirements, people handling asbestos would be subject to other regulatory requirements, such as hazard communication, medical exams, and other worker protection issues. Check with the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries for these additional requirements. Although you can assume that materials contain asbestos and follow all asbestos-related requirements, you can never assume building materials do not contain asbestos.

Demolition

Demolition (owner-occupied, single family residence)

The Benton Clean Air Agency’s regulations define a demolition project as the wrecking, razing, leveling, dismantling, or burning of a structure (allowed by permit for fire department training), thereby making the structure permanently uninhabitable or unusable.

Notification Requirements

The Benton Clean Air Agency must be notified at least ten working days in advance, on its agency-supplied forms, of any asbestos project (construction, demolition, renovation, clean-up, repair, or maintenance) and whenever a structure will be demolished. The proper fees must accompany the notification.

Survey Requirements

An asbestos survey is required by the Benton Clean Air Agency prior to any commercial renovation or demolition activities on any structure, vacant or not. The Department of Labor & Industries requires that the survey must be performed by an Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act (AHERA) inspector prior to undertaking a renovation or demolition project.

Removal Requirements

If asbestos containing material is identified by the survey, it must be removed and disposed of in accordance with the Benton Clean Air Agency regulations, by persons appropriately trained and certified by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

Posting Requirements

A copy of the asbestos survey, notification and all amendments to the notification must be posted on-site.

Additional Requirements

In addition to Benton Clean Air requirements, most building departments require a renovation and demolition permit separate from Benton Clean Air’s Notice of Intent.

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has asbestos survey, notification and removal standards (WAC 296-62, 296-65, and 296-155). Click here for link to L & I’s asbestos page. You may also contact L & I by phone: (509) 735-0128.

Renovation, demolition, and construction may be subject to lead regulations. The Washington State Department of Ecology’s web page provides State Lead Regulations and Guidance for rules administered by the Department of Ecology, the Department of Health, and the Department of Labor and Industries and WISHA. In Washington, the Department of Commerce will administer the EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Remodeling rule. Click here for a link to the Department of Commerce’s lead web page.

Homeowners may remove the asbestos provided that they follow proper work practices and dispose of the waste properly.

Renovation

Renovation/Remodel (owner-occupied, single-family residence)

  • An asbestos survey is required prior to performing renovation/remodel activities.
  • If you’re not doing the renovation work yourself, then you must hire a AHERA certified building inspector to conduct the asbestos survey. Check the phone book under “asbestos abatement/consulting/testing.”
  • If you are doing the renovation/remodel work yourself, then you may perform the survey yourself.
  • You should have suspected materials tested for asbestos prior to renovation by submitting a sample for lab analysis. (vermiculite insulation is an exception). o Labs are listed in the yellow pages under Asbestos—Consulting and Testing. Ask a laboratory technician to instruct you how to properly obtain a sample.

How do I determine if a suspect material contains asbestos?

You must have it tested by a laboratory. You can send your sample to an accredited lab, with prices varying between $6 – $25, depending upon the turnaround time. A listing of accredited laboratories can be found here

What to do if it IS asbestos. Don’t panic. There are options.

Notification Requirements

The Benton Clean Air Agency must be notified at least ten working days in advance, on its agency-supplied forms, of any asbestos project (construction, demolition, renovation, clean-up, repair, or maintenance) and whenever a structure will be demolished. The proper fees must accompany the notification.

Survey Requirements

An asbestos survey is required by the Benton Clean Air Agency prior to any commercial renovation or demolition activities on any structure, vacant or not. The Department of Labor & Industries requires that the survey must be performed by an Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act (AHERA) inspector prior to undertaking a renovation or demolition project.

Removal Requirements

If asbestos containing material is identified by the survey, it must be removed and disposed of in accordance with the Benton Clean Air Agency regulations, by persons appropriately trained and certified by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, or by the homeowner for qualifying facilities.

Posting Requirements

A copy of the asbestos survey, notification and all amendments to the notification must be posted on-site.

Additional Requirements

In addition to Benton Clean Air requirements, most building departments require a renovation and demolition permit separate from Benton Clean Air’s Notice of Intent.

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has asbestos survey, notification and removal standards (WAC 296-62, 296-65, and 296-155). Click here for link to L & I’s asbestos page. You may also contact L & I by phone: (509) 735-0128.

Renovation, demolition, and construction may be subject to lead regulations. The Washington State Department of Ecology’s web page provides State Lead Regulations and Guidance for rules administered by the Department of Ecology, the Department of Health, and the Department of Labor and Industries and WISHA. In Washington, the Department of Commerce will administer the EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Remodeling rule. Click here for a link to the Department of Commerce’s lead web page.

Homeowner

Defining the Homeowner in an asbestos situation

An owner-occupied, single-family residence is one that the owner of the home lives in both PRIOR to and AFTER renovation activities.

Owner-occupied, single-family residence doesn’t include:

  • rental property
  • multiple-family units
  • mixed-use structures containing a residential unit(s)
  • structures involved in commercial/governmental related activities (e.g. commercial development, property management, real estate transactions, ordered demolition, etc.)

Asbestos information related to these “commercial” activities, click here.

You have determined that you qualify as an owner-occupied, single family resident.
Are you planning a Demolition or Renovation/Remodel?

Contractors

Commercial Demolition, Renovation and Asbestos

Benton Clean Air Agency has adopted asbestos regulations related to renovation and demolition projects. The following information is a quick overview and is not intended to be a substitute for the current Asbestos Control Standards.

  • Renovation -altering a structure or component in any way other than demolition.
  • Demolition -wrecking or taking out of any load supporting structural member of a facility or intentional burning of a facility (only for fire training purposes).

Notification Requirements

The Benton Clean Air Agency must be notified at least ten working days in advance, on its agency-supplied forms, of any asbestos project (construction, demolition, renovation, clean-up, repair, or maintenance) and whenever a structure will be demolished. The proper fees must accompany the notification.

Survey Requirements

An asbestos survey is required by the Benton Clean Air Agency prior to any commercial renovation or demolition activities on any structure, vacant or not. The Department of Labor & Industries requires that the survey must be performed by an Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act (AHERA) inspector prior to undertaking a renovation or demolition project.

Removal Requirements

If asbestos containing material is identified by the survey, it must be removed and disposed of in accordance with the Benton Clean Air Agency regulations, by persons appropriately trained and certified by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

Posting Requirements

A copy of the asbestos survey, notification and all amendments to the notification must be posted on-site.

Additional Requirements

In addition to Benton Clean Air requirements, most building departments require a renovation and demolition permit separate from Benton Clean Air’s Notice of Intent.

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has asbestos survey, notification and removal standards (WAC 296-62, 296-65, and 296-155). Click here for link to L & I’s asbestos page. You may also contact L & I by phone: (509) 735-0128.

Renovation, demolition, and construction may be subject to lead regulations. The Washington State Department of Ecology’s web page provides State Lead Regulations and Guidance for rules administered by the Department of Ecology, the Department of Health, and the Department of Labor and Industries and WISHA. In Washington, the Department of Commerce will administer the EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Remodeling rule. Click here for a link to the Department of Commerce’s lead web page.

AHERA Building Inspectors

Prior to commencing a renovation or demolition in Benton County the building owner or contractor must obtain a good faith survey for the presence of asbestos performed by an AHERA Building Inspector. The contractors in the list below provide these services. Please keep in mind the list is not exhaustive and there may be others who can perform this type of inspection. If you are an AHERA Building Inspector and want to be added to the list, please call (509)783-1304x4.

Asbestos Contractor & Address Phone

A1 Asbestos LLC

4113 Mission Creek Rd., Cashmere, WA 98815

(509) 782-8889

Asbestos and Mold Solutions, Inc.

1837 Terminal Dr., Richland, WA 99352

(509) 943-1104

Blue Mountain Environmental Consulting Company

125 Main St., Waitsburg, WA 99361

(509) 337-6403

Cliff Thorn Construction LLC

1552 Georgia Ave., Richland, WA 99352

(509) 416-2007

Fulcrum Environmental Consulting

406 N. 2nd St., Yakima, WA 98901

(509) 574-0839

id1, Inc,

79 Lone Ranch Creek Rd., Danville, WA 99121

(509) 779-4171

IRS Environmental

E 12415 Trent Ave., Spokane, WA 99216

(509) 927-7867

PBS Engineering and Environmental

400 Bradley Blvd. Ste 106, Richland, WA 99352

(509) 942-1600

Premier Construction

318 E. 45th Ave., Kennewick, WA 99337

(509) 948-4321

Pro-Con Restoration & Abatement LLC

101904 Wiser Pkwy, Kennewick, WA 99338

(509) 713-0811

RCP Environmental

13828 NW 10th Ct., Vancouver, WA 98685

(360) 787-3682

RH Welch, Inc.

96902 E. Kaitlyn Dr., Kennewick, WA 99338

(509) 851-0771

Specialty Environmental

2626 E. Trent Ave., Spokane, WA 99202

(509) 535-1515

Tektoniks Corporation

306 W. Moore St., Walla Walla, WA 99362

(509) 529-8424

Tri-Valley Construction, Inc.

1008 N. 1st St., Yakima, WA 98901

(509) 452-4098

Washington Asbestos Testing, LLC

11200 Kirkland Way Suite 340 A, Kirkland, WA 98033

(425) 658-7286


If you would like to become an AHERA Building Inspector, please contact a training provider. The training program must be managed by the EPA’s Model Accreditation Program.

Benton Clean Air Agency

Benton Clean Air Agency

Asbestos

Looking for a Contractor?

For a list of AHERA Building Inspectors, click here.

For a list of abatement contractors certified by WA L&I, click here.

For a list of training providers for the AHERA Building Inspector certification, please contact EPA Region 10.

Do Asbestos Rules Apply to My Project?

If you are involved, directly or indirectly, with altering a structure, regardless of its age, in any way, your project is subject to asbestos regulations. This includes wrecking, razing, leveling, dismantling or moving a structure or component of a structure. Home remodeling projects are included, such as re-roofing, re-siding, carpet/tile removal, window replacement, new furnace installation, etc. (View Overview | View Regulation)

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was widely used in building materials for its durability and intrinsic fireproofing characteristics. Asbestos is still used today in some products.

Dangers of Asbestos Exposure

Exposure to asbestos has been linked to cancer and other respiratory diseases, which is why federal, state and local regulations exist-to protect public health from uncontrolled disturbances of asbestos-containing products. Benton Clean Air Agency administers an asbestos program in Benton County.

2013 Requirement to Label Building Materials that Contain Asbestos

Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral fiber. Because of its strength and heat resistance, asbestos has been used in a variety of building construction materials. Today, asbestos-containing building materials are still imported, sold, and used in the United States - despite our knowledge that asbestos is harmful to human health. People using asebestos-containing building materials should avoid creating and breathing dust.

Who is affected by this law?

The law applies to manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors of asbestos-containing building materials.

What does this law require?

Effective January 1, 2014, manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors of asbestos-containing building materials must prominently label both the product and packaging for the following building materials:

  • Any building material naturally containing more than one percent asbestos.
  • Any building material that has any amount of asbestos added to it.

Where does the label need to be put?

Label the product:

  • In a prominent location near the product name or description on the exterior wrapping or packaging in which the product is stored, shipped, and sold.
  • On the exterior surface of the asbestos-containing building material itself, unless it is:
    • sold as a liquid or paste or
    • unless it is sand or gravel.

What must the label say?

At a minimum, the label must state:

CAUTION!This product contains ASBESTOS, which is known to cause cancer and lung disease.
Avoid creating dust. Intentionally removing or tampering with this label is a violation of state law.


What exemptions apply?

Labeling

The labeling requirement does not apply to:

  • Retailers that do not manufacture, wholesale or distribute asbestos-containing building materials
  • Asbestos-containing building materials that:
    • Have already been installed, applied or used by the consumer
    • Are used solely for United States Military purposes
    • Were purchased by a retailer prior to January 1, 2014 (stock-on-hand)

Building materials

The term “building materials” does not include products designed for:

  • Cars
  • Recreational vehicles
  • Boats

Other mobile means of transportation

Dealing with Asbestos

What to do if it IS asbestos. Don’t Panic. There are options.

Leave it alone.

Asbestos is a problem only if fibers are released to the air.

  • Asbestos-containing materials that are in good repair and not being disturbed will not release asbestos fibers.
  • Sometimes, it is possible to work around asbestos without removing it.

For example, rather than removing a sheet vinyl floor with asbestos backing, it may be possible to lay the new sheet vinyl on top of the old, or to install a new ¼ inch plywood underlayment on top of the existing and then the new sheet vinyl. However, if asbestos-containing material is damaged, subject to being damaged, or must be disturbed as part of a remodeling project, then you should repair, encapsulate or remove it.

Repair & Encapsulate.

Sometimes, asbestos can be repaired or encapsulated rather than removed.

  • A few inches of torn, loose or frayed asbestos tape wrap on heating ducts can be sealed with paint or duct tape.
  • Damaged hot water pipe insulation can be covered with a specially designed fabric available at safety equipment stores.
  • Similarly, some asbestos applications that are in good condition can be encapsulated to stabilize them and reduce the likelihood of asbestos releases.

Encapsulation often is the best option when dealing with insulation on heating systems. o Homeowners should be aware, however, that although encapsulation seems like an attractive option, especially when dealing with furnace ducts or spray-on “popcorn” ceilings, there may be less obvious costs and risks involved. o For example, painting may make a future removal much more difficult. It also can cause heavy popcorn applications or popcorn that has been water-damaged to fall off ceilings in clumps.

In cases involving extensive asbestos damage or disturbance, removal may be the more appropriate option.

Removal Options.

As an owner-occupied, single-family residence, there are two legal options when having asbestos removed from your home:

  • Hire a certified asbestos abatement contractor. The law prohibits you from hiring anyone other than a certified asbestos abatement contractor to perform asbestos removal work. These experts are trained to remove asbestos effectively and safely. They also perform air monitoring to ensure that the air in your home meets acceptable standards after the project is completed. Asbestos abatement contractors are listed in the yellow pages; make sure you check that they are certified, bonded, and insured.
  • Do the work yourself. Some projects can be done safely—but only if prescribed work procedures are strictly followed. All asbestos-containing material must be removed and disposed of in accordance with Benton Clean Air Agency regulations.

Some projects, such as the removal of certain types of asbestos insulation on hot water boilers and associated pipe systems, and vermiculite insulation, are very hazardous and should be performed only by an abatement contractor.

  1. Asbestos Forms, Publications & Resources
  2. BCAA Regulation 1

Forms, Publications & Resources

Below is the BCAA form to be submitted prior to renovation or demolition.
Asbestos Notification


Resources

  1. Benton Clean Air Agency Regulation I, Article 8 Asbestos
  2. List of Accredited Labs
  3. EPA’s Asbestos Website
  4. Labor and Industries
  5. EPA’s List of AHERA Training Providers

Publications

Overview of Renovation/Demolition

We always recommend that a professional asbestos abatement contractor perform any of these jobs, however, here are some tips for doing the work yourself.

Flooring Removal for Homeowners

Siding Removal for Homeowners

Popcorn Ceiling Removal for Homeowners

Asbestos Questions

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber that has been used in more than 3,000 different construction materials and manufactured products. It is commonly found in heating system insulation, decorative spray-on ceiling treatments, vinyl flooring, cement shake siding and a variety of additional materials. Some asbestos-containing materials were still being installed into the late 1980s.

All types of asbestos tend to break into very tiny fibers. These individual fibers are so small that many must be identified using a microscope. In fact, some individual fibers may be up to 700 times smaller than a human hair. Because asbestos fibers are so small, once released into the air, they may stay suspended there for hours or even days.

Asbestos fibers are also virtually indestructible. They are resistant to chemicals and heat, and they are very stable in the environment. They do not evaporate into air or dissolve in water, and they are not broken down over time. Asbestos is probably the best insulator known to man.

Usually asbestos is mixed with other materials to actually form the products. Floor tiles, for example, may contain only a small percentage of asbestos.The asbestos content of different materials varies according to the product and how it is used. Among those materials with higher concentrations of asbestos are insulation products on heating Systems and the backing on sheet vinyl flooring. However, an uncontrolled disturbance of any asbestos-containing material in any concentration may be dangerous to your health!

Why is Asbestos a problem?

Breathing asbestos fibers can be dangerous. When disturbed, asbestos breaks down into fibers up to 1,200 times thinner than a human hair. When inhaled, they become trapped in lung tissues. Medical research tells us that up to 30 years after inhalation, asbestos fibers can cause lung cancer or mesothelioma, a related terminal cancer of the tissue lining the chest cavity.

Because asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral and has been so widely used in manufactured products, including automobile brake linings, it can be found almost everywhere. Trace amounts are in the air we breathe every day. Most of us have asbestos fibers in our lungs.

On the other hand, there’s no known safe level of asbestos exposure. That’s why medical, environmental health and regulatory organizations stress the need to protect health by minimizing exposure to airborne asbestos fibers accumulate at elevated levels. Elevated levels result from uncontrolled disturbances and removals of asbestos-containing materials.

Asbestos is not always an immediate hazard. In fact, if asbestos can be maintained in good condition, it is recommended that it be left alone and periodic surveillance performed to monitor it’s condition. It’s only when asbestos containing materials are disturbed or the materials become damaged that it becomes a hazard. When the materials become damaged, the fibers separate and may then become airborne. In the asbestos industry, the term ‘friable’ is used to describe asbestos that can be reduced to dust by hand pressure. ‘Non-friable’ means asbestos that is too hard to be reduce to dust by hand. Non-friable materials, such as transite siding and floor tiles are not regulated provided it does not become friable. Machine grinding, sanding and dry-buffing are ways of causing non-friable materials to become friable.

Asbestos has been identified at my home or business. What are the requirements for removal?

If you decide to have asbestos removed, BCAA strongly encourages you to use a state-certified asbestos abatement contractor. These experts are trained to employ removal techniques that ensure asbestos is effectively and safely removed. They also perform air monitoring to ensure that the air at your business meets acceptable standards after the project is completed. Be aware that during asbestos removal, that there may be subtantial disruption to your business operation due to the potential hazards of exposing your employees and the public to asbestos.

Bonded, insured asbestos abatement contractors are in the yellow pages of your telephone directory under “Asbestos”. Get several bids and check references before making a selection. The contractors should also be able to tell you what kind of disruption to expect.

The asbestos contractor should be aware of the reporting requirements in Benton County. A “Notification of Intent to Remove Asbestos” form, which can be downloaded (PDF or DOC) is required for all asbestos project in Benton County. Once approved, the form allows you to legally remove asbestos and dispose of it at specified asbestos disposal sites. Failure by the contractor to file this form may result in enforcement action being taken against the contractor and/or the business owner.

I am worried there might be asbestos in my home? How can I tell?

Areas to consider looking when identifying asbestos in your home.

Asbestos is only a concern if it is disturbed-that’s when fibers are released into the air. This could occur during a remodel or repair project. The only way to know for sure is to have the material tested. If you are planning a renovation, and doing the work yourself, you may perform your own survey of the structure to determine if it may have suspect asbestos-containing materials.

You should have suspect materials tested for asbestos prior to renovation by submitting a sample for lab analysis. (vermiculite insulation is an exception). Labs are listed in the yellow pages under “Asbestos-Consulting and Testing.” Ask a laboratory technician to instruct you how to properly obtain a sample. Please contact us for further information, or click here.

I meet the criteria of an Owner-Occupied, Single-Family Residence. Prior to my renovation/demolition, do I need a certified AHERA building inspector to inspect the structure?

For demolition, yes. For renovation, no-however, there are specific work practices and disposal requirements you must comply with. Contact Benton Clean Air for further information. Important: Please note that if anyone other than the homeowner will be doing renovation work, the survey must be performed by a certified AHERA building inspector.

How do I determine if a material contains asbestos?

A: You must have it tested by a laboratory. You can send your sample to an accredited lab, with prices varying between $6 – $25, depending upon the turnaround time.

Asbestos was found in my home that I plan to have demolished, can I remove the asbestos myself?

Yes, however, there are specific work practices and disposal requirements. Please contact Benton Clean Air for further information.

I have vermiculite insulation in my attic. Should I remove it?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends it be left alone. Avoid using your attic for occupancy and storage. If you must use your attic, limit the trips to it. If you are planning a remodel, never attempt to remove asbestos vermiculite insulation yourself. For more information, visit EPA’s website on asbestos.

What is an asbestos project?

It is any activity involving the abatement, renovation, demolition, removal, salvage, clean-up, or disposal of asbestos-containing material (ACM) or any other action or inaction that disturbs or is likely to disturb any ACM. It includes the removal and disposal of ACM or asbestos-containing waste material. It does not include the application of duct tape, rewettable glass cloth, canvas, cement, paint, or other non-asbestos materials to seal or fill exposed areas where asbestos fibers may be released nor does it include nonfriable asbestos containing roofing material that will not be rendered friable.

Who is responsible to have the asbestos survey done?

Any person causing or allowing renovation or demolition e.g. property owners/managers, lessors, tenants, contractors, workers, and other involved parties

Do I still need a survey if the building I am working on is only a few years old?

Yes. There is no cut-off date when it is safe to assume that asbestos is not present in building materials. If your building was certified to be built asbestos-free, then this certification may be used as supporting documentation by the AHERA building inspector performing the survey. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, 9 thousand metric tons of asbestos were used in roofing products in the U.S. as recent as the year 2000.

Can I, the contractor, take samples of materials to a laboratory to determine asbestos content?

Only if you are also an AHERA certified asbestos inspector.

Can I treat materials as asbestos-containing, instead of paying to get a survey?

If an asbestos survey is not conducted, building materials that will or may be disturbed must be assumed to contain asbestos. Handling asbestos-containing material must be performed by properly trained and certified asbestos workers and supervised by a Washington State certified asbestos supervisor.

In addition to the training and certification requirements, people handling asbestos would be subject to other regulatory requirements, such as hazard communication, medical exams, and other worker protection issues. Check with the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries for these additional requirements. Although you can assume that materials contain asbestos and follow all asbestos-related requirements, you can never assume building materials do not contain asbestos.

Demolition

Demolition (owner-occupied, single family residence)

The Benton Clean Air Agency’s regulations define a demolition project as the wrecking, razing, leveling, dismantling, or burning of a structure (allowed by permit for fire department training), thereby making the structure permanently uninhabitable or unusable.

Notification Requirements

The Benton Clean Air Agency must be notified at least ten working days in advance, on its agency-supplied forms, of any asbestos project (construction, demolition, renovation, clean-up, repair, or maintenance) and whenever a structure will be demolished. The proper fees must accompany the notification.

Survey Requirements

An asbestos survey is required by the Benton Clean Air Agency prior to any commercial renovation or demolition activities on any structure, vacant or not. The Department of Labor & Industries requires that the survey must be performed by an Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act (AHERA) inspector prior to undertaking a renovation or demolition project.

Removal Requirements

If asbestos containing material is identified by the survey, it must be removed and disposed of in accordance with the Benton Clean Air Agency regulations, by persons appropriately trained and certified by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

Posting Requirements

A copy of the asbestos survey, notification and all amendments to the notification must be posted on-site.

Additional Requirements

In addition to Benton Clean Air requirements, most building departments require a renovation and demolition permit separate from Benton Clean Air’s Notice of Intent.

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has asbestos survey, notification and removal standards (WAC 296-62, 296-65, and 296-155). Click here for link to L & I’s asbestos page. You may also contact L & I by phone: (509) 735-0128.

Renovation, demolition, and construction may be subject to lead regulations. The Washington State Department of Ecology’s web page provides State Lead Regulations and Guidance for rules administered by the Department of Ecology, the Department of Health, and the Department of Labor and Industries and WISHA. In Washington, the Department of Commerce will administer the EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Remodeling rule. Click here for a link to the Department of Commerce’s lead web page.

Homeowners may remove the asbestos provided that they follow proper work practices and dispose of the waste properly.

Renovation

Renovation/Remodel (owner-occupied, single-family residence)

  • An asbestos survey is required prior to performing renovation/remodel activities.
  • If you’re not doing the renovation work yourself, then you must hire a AHERA certified building inspector to conduct the asbestos survey. Check the phone book under “asbestos abatement/consulting/testing.”
  • If you are doing the renovation/remodel work yourself, then you may perform the survey yourself.
  • You should have suspected materials tested for asbestos prior to renovation by submitting a sample for lab analysis. (vermiculite insulation is an exception). o Labs are listed in the yellow pages under Asbestos—Consulting and Testing. Ask a laboratory technician to instruct you how to properly obtain a sample.

How do I determine if a suspect material contains asbestos?

You must have it tested by a laboratory. You can send your sample to an accredited lab, with prices varying between $6 – $25, depending upon the turnaround time. A listing of accredited laboratories can be found here

What to do if it IS asbestos. Don’t panic. There are options.

Notification Requirements

The Benton Clean Air Agency must be notified at least ten working days in advance, on its agency-supplied forms, of any asbestos project (construction, demolition, renovation, clean-up, repair, or maintenance) and whenever a structure will be demolished. The proper fees must accompany the notification.

Survey Requirements

An asbestos survey is required by the Benton Clean Air Agency prior to any commercial renovation or demolition activities on any structure, vacant or not. The Department of Labor & Industries requires that the survey must be performed by an Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act (AHERA) inspector prior to undertaking a renovation or demolition project.

Removal Requirements

If asbestos containing material is identified by the survey, it must be removed and disposed of in accordance with the Benton Clean Air Agency regulations, by persons appropriately trained and certified by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, or by the homeowner for qualifying facilities.

Posting Requirements

A copy of the asbestos survey, notification and all amendments to the notification must be posted on-site.

Additional Requirements

In addition to Benton Clean Air requirements, most building departments require a renovation and demolition permit separate from Benton Clean Air’s Notice of Intent.

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has asbestos survey, notification and removal standards (WAC 296-62, 296-65, and 296-155). Click here for link to L & I’s asbestos page. You may also contact L & I by phone: (509) 735-0128.

Renovation, demolition, and construction may be subject to lead regulations. The Washington State Department of Ecology’s web page provides State Lead Regulations and Guidance for rules administered by the Department of Ecology, the Department of Health, and the Department of Labor and Industries and WISHA. In Washington, the Department of Commerce will administer the EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Remodeling rule. Click here for a link to the Department of Commerce’s lead web page.

Homeowner

Defining the Homeowner in an asbestos situation

An owner-occupied, single-family residence is one that the owner of the home lives in both PRIOR to and AFTER renovation activities.

Owner-occupied, single-family residence doesn’t include:

  • rental property
  • multiple-family units
  • mixed-use structures containing a residential unit(s)
  • structures involved in commercial/governmental related activities (e.g. commercial development, property management, real estate transactions, ordered demolition, etc.)

Asbestos information related to these “commercial” activities, click here.

You have determined that you qualify as an owner-occupied, single family resident.
Are you planning a Demolition or Renovation/Remodel?

Contractors

Commercial Demolition, Renovation and Asbestos

Benton Clean Air Agency has adopted asbestos regulations related to renovation and demolition projects. The following information is a quick overview and is not intended to be a substitute for the current Asbestos Control Standards.

  • Renovation -altering a structure or component in any way other than demolition.
  • Demolition -wrecking or taking out of any load supporting structural member of a facility or intentional burning of a facility (only for fire training purposes).

Notification Requirements

The Benton Clean Air Agency must be notified at least ten working days in advance, on its agency-supplied forms, of any asbestos project (construction, demolition, renovation, clean-up, repair, or maintenance) and whenever a structure will be demolished. The proper fees must accompany the notification.

Survey Requirements

An asbestos survey is required by the Benton Clean Air Agency prior to any commercial renovation or demolition activities on any structure, vacant or not. The Department of Labor & Industries requires that the survey must be performed by an Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act (AHERA) inspector prior to undertaking a renovation or demolition project.

Removal Requirements

If asbestos containing material is identified by the survey, it must be removed and disposed of in accordance with the Benton Clean Air Agency regulations, by persons appropriately trained and certified by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

Posting Requirements

A copy of the asbestos survey, notification and all amendments to the notification must be posted on-site.

Additional Requirements

In addition to Benton Clean Air requirements, most building departments require a renovation and demolition permit separate from Benton Clean Air’s Notice of Intent.

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has asbestos survey, notification and removal standards (WAC 296-62, 296-65, and 296-155). Click here for link to L & I’s asbestos page. You may also contact L & I by phone: (509) 735-0128.

Renovation, demolition, and construction may be subject to lead regulations. The Washington State Department of Ecology’s web page provides State Lead Regulations and Guidance for rules administered by the Department of Ecology, the Department of Health, and the Department of Labor and Industries and WISHA. In Washington, the Department of Commerce will administer the EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Remodeling rule. Click here for a link to the Department of Commerce’s lead web page.

AHERA Building Inspectors

Prior to commencing a renovation or demolition in Benton County the building owner or contractor must obtain a good faith survey for the presence of asbestos performed by an AHERA Building Inspector. The contractors in the list below provide these services. Please keep in mind the list is not exhaustive and there may be others who can perform this type of inspection. If you are an AHERA Building Inspector and want to be added to the list, please call (509)783-1304x4.

Asbestos Contractor & Address Phone

A1 Asbestos LLC

4113 Mission Creek Rd., Cashmere, WA 98815

(509) 782-8889

Asbestos and Mold Solutions, Inc.

1837 Terminal Dr., Richland, WA 99352

(509) 943-1104

Blue Mountain Environmental Consulting Company

125 Main St., Waitsburg, WA 99361

(509) 337-6403

Cliff Thorn Construction LLC

1552 Georgia Ave., Richland, WA 99352

(509) 416-2007

Fulcrum Environmental Consulting

406 N. 2nd St., Yakima, WA 98901

(509) 574-0839

id1, Inc,

79 Lone Ranch Creek Rd., Danville, WA 99121

(509) 779-4171

IRS Environmental

E 12415 Trent Ave., Spokane, WA 99216

(509) 927-7867

PBS Engineering and Environmental

400 Bradley Blvd. Ste 106, Richland, WA 99352

(509) 942-1600

Premier Construction

318 E. 45th Ave., Kennewick, WA 99337

(509) 948-4321

Pro-Con Restoration & Abatement LLC

101904 Wiser Pkwy, Kennewick, WA 99338

(509) 713-0811

RCP Environmental

13828 NW 10th Ct., Vancouver, WA 98685

(360) 787-3682

RH Welch, Inc.

96902 E. Kaitlyn Dr., Kennewick, WA 99338

(509) 851-0771

Specialty Environmental

2626 E. Trent Ave., Spokane, WA 99202

(509) 535-1515

Tektoniks Corporation

306 W. Moore St., Walla Walla, WA 99362

(509) 529-8424

Tri-Valley Construction, Inc.

1008 N. 1st St., Yakima, WA 98901

(509) 452-4098

Washington Asbestos Testing, LLC

11200 Kirkland Way Suite 340 A, Kirkland, WA 98033

(425) 658-7286


If you would like to become an AHERA Building Inspector, please contact a training provider. The training program must be managed by the EPA’s Model Accreditation Program.

Benton Clean Air Agency

Benton Clean Air Agency

Asbestos

Looking for a Contractor?

For a list of AHERA Building Inspectors, click here.

For a list of abatement contractors certified by WA L&I, click here.

For a list of training providers for the AHERA Building Inspector certification, please contact EPA Region 10.

Do Asbestos Rules Apply to My Project?

If you are involved, directly or indirectly, with altering a structure, regardless of its age, in any way, your project is subject to asbestos regulations. This includes wrecking, razing, leveling, dismantling or moving a structure or component of a structure. Home remodeling projects are included, such as re-roofing, re-siding, carpet/tile removal, window replacement, new furnace installation, etc. (View Overview | View Regulation)

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was widely used in building materials for its durability and intrinsic fireproofing characteristics. Asbestos is still used today in some products.

Dangers of Asbestos Exposure

Exposure to asbestos has been linked to cancer and other respiratory diseases, which is why federal, state and local regulations exist-to protect public health from uncontrolled disturbances of asbestos-containing products. Benton Clean Air Agency administers an asbestos program in Benton County.

2013 Requirement to Label Building Materials that Contain Asbestos

Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral fiber. Because of its strength and heat resistance, asbestos has been used in a variety of building construction materials. Today, asbestos-containing building materials are still imported, sold, and used in the United States - despite our knowledge that asbestos is harmful to human health. People using asebestos-containing building materials should avoid creating and breathing dust.

Who is affected by this law?

The law applies to manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors of asbestos-containing building materials.

What does this law require?

Effective January 1, 2014, manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors of asbestos-containing building materials must prominently label both the product and packaging for the following building materials:

  • Any building material naturally containing more than one percent asbestos.
  • Any building material that has any amount of asbestos added to it.

Where does the label need to be put?

Label the product:

  • In a prominent location near the product name or description on the exterior wrapping or packaging in which the product is stored, shipped, and sold.
  • On the exterior surface of the asbestos-containing building material itself, unless it is:
    • sold as a liquid or paste or
    • unless it is sand or gravel.

What must the label say?

At a minimum, the label must state:

CAUTION!This product contains ASBESTOS, which is known to cause cancer and lung disease.
Avoid creating dust. Intentionally removing or tampering with this label is a violation of state law.


What exemptions apply?

Labeling

The labeling requirement does not apply to:

  • Retailers that do not manufacture, wholesale or distribute asbestos-containing building materials
  • Asbestos-containing building materials that:
    • Have already been installed, applied or used by the consumer
    • Are used solely for United States Military purposes
    • Were purchased by a retailer prior to January 1, 2014 (stock-on-hand)

Building materials

The term “building materials” does not include products designed for:

  • Cars
  • Recreational vehicles
  • Boats

Other mobile means of transportation

Dealing with Asbestos

What to do if it IS asbestos. Don’t Panic. There are options.

Leave it alone.

Asbestos is a problem only if fibers are released to the air.

  • Asbestos-containing materials that are in good repair and not being disturbed will not release asbestos fibers.
  • Sometimes, it is possible to work around asbestos without removing it.

For example, rather than removing a sheet vinyl floor with asbestos backing, it may be possible to lay the new sheet vinyl on top of the old, or to install a new ¼ inch plywood underlayment on top of the existing and then the new sheet vinyl. However, if asbestos-containing material is damaged, subject to being damaged, or must be disturbed as part of a remodeling project, then you should repair, encapsulate or remove it.

Repair & Encapsulate.

Sometimes, asbestos can be repaired or encapsulated rather than removed.

  • A few inches of torn, loose or frayed asbestos tape wrap on heating ducts can be sealed with paint or duct tape.
  • Damaged hot water pipe insulation can be covered with a specially designed fabric available at safety equipment stores.
  • Similarly, some asbestos applications that are in good condition can be encapsulated to stabilize them and reduce the likelihood of asbestos releases.

Encapsulation often is the best option when dealing with insulation on heating systems. o Homeowners should be aware, however, that although encapsulation seems like an attractive option, especially when dealing with furnace ducts or spray-on “popcorn” ceilings, there may be less obvious costs and risks involved. o For example, painting may make a future removal much more difficult. It also can cause heavy popcorn applications or popcorn that has been water-damaged to fall off ceilings in clumps.

In cases involving extensive asbestos damage or disturbance, removal may be the more appropriate option.

Removal Options.

As an owner-occupied, single-family residence, there are two legal options when having asbestos removed from your home:

  • Hire a certified asbestos abatement contractor. The law prohibits you from hiring anyone other than a certified asbestos abatement contractor to perform asbestos removal work. These experts are trained to remove asbestos effectively and safely. They also perform air monitoring to ensure that the air in your home meets acceptable standards after the project is completed. Asbestos abatement contractors are listed in the yellow pages; make sure you check that they are certified, bonded, and insured.
  • Do the work yourself. Some projects can be done safely—but only if prescribed work procedures are strictly followed. All asbestos-containing material must be removed and disposed of in accordance with Benton Clean Air Agency regulations.

Some projects, such as the removal of certain types of asbestos insulation on hot water boilers and associated pipe systems, and vermiculite insulation, are very hazardous and should be performed only by an abatement contractor.

  1. Asbestos Forms, Publications & Resources
  2. BCAA Regulation 1

Forms, Publications & Resources

Below is the BCAA form to be submitted prior to renovation or demolition.
Asbestos Notification


Resources

  1. Benton Clean Air Agency Regulation I, Article 8 Asbestos
  2. List of Accredited Labs
  3. EPA’s Asbestos Website
  4. Labor and Industries
  5. EPA’s List of AHERA Training Providers

Publications

Overview of Renovation/Demolition

We always recommend that a professional asbestos abatement contractor perform any of these jobs, however, here are some tips for doing the work yourself.

Flooring Removal for Homeowners

Siding Removal for Homeowners

Popcorn Ceiling Removal for Homeowners

Asbestos Questions

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber that has been used in more than 3,000 different construction materials and manufactured products. It is commonly found in heating system insulation, decorative spray-on ceiling treatments, vinyl flooring, cement shake siding and a variety of additional materials. Some asbestos-containing materials were still being installed into the late 1980s.

All types of asbestos tend to break into very tiny fibers. These individual fibers are so small that many must be identified using a microscope. In fact, some individual fibers may be up to 700 times smaller than a human hair. Because asbestos fibers are so small, once released into the air, they may stay suspended there for hours or even days.

Asbestos fibers are also virtually indestructible. They are resistant to chemicals and heat, and they are very stable in the environment. They do not evaporate into air or dissolve in water, and they are not broken down over time. Asbestos is probably the best insulator known to man.

Usually asbestos is mixed with other materials to actually form the products. Floor tiles, for example, may contain only a small percentage of asbestos.The asbestos content of different materials varies according to the product and how it is used. Among those materials with higher concentrations of asbestos are insulation products on heating Systems and the backing on sheet vinyl flooring. However, an uncontrolled disturbance of any asbestos-containing material in any concentration may be dangerous to your health!

Why is Asbestos a problem?

Breathing asbestos fibers can be dangerous. When disturbed, asbestos breaks down into fibers up to 1,200 times thinner than a human hair. When inhaled, they become trapped in lung tissues. Medical research tells us that up to 30 years after inhalation, asbestos fibers can cause lung cancer or mesothelioma, a related terminal cancer of the tissue lining the chest cavity.

Because asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral and has been so widely used in manufactured products, including automobile brake linings, it can be found almost everywhere. Trace amounts are in the air we breathe every day. Most of us have asbestos fibers in our lungs.

On the other hand, there’s no known safe level of asbestos exposure. That’s why medical, environmental health and regulatory organizations stress the need to protect health by minimizing exposure to airborne asbestos fibers accumulate at elevated levels. Elevated levels result from uncontrolled disturbances and removals of asbestos-containing materials.

Asbestos is not always an immediate hazard. In fact, if asbestos can be maintained in good condition, it is recommended that it be left alone and periodic surveillance performed to monitor it’s condition. It’s only when asbestos containing materials are disturbed or the materials become damaged that it becomes a hazard. When the materials become damaged, the fibers separate and may then become airborne. In the asbestos industry, the term ‘friable’ is used to describe asbestos that can be reduced to dust by hand pressure. ‘Non-friable’ means asbestos that is too hard to be reduce to dust by hand. Non-friable materials, such as transite siding and floor tiles are not regulated provided it does not become friable. Machine grinding, sanding and dry-buffing are ways of causing non-friable materials to become friable.

Asbestos has been identified at my home or business. What are the requirements for removal?

If you decide to have asbestos removed, BCAA strongly encourages you to use a state-certified asbestos abatement contractor. These experts are trained to employ removal techniques that ensure asbestos is effectively and safely removed. They also perform air monitoring to ensure that the air at your business meets acceptable standards after the project is completed. Be aware that during asbestos removal, that there may be subtantial disruption to your business operation due to the potential hazards of exposing your employees and the public to asbestos.

Bonded, insured asbestos abatement contractors are in the yellow pages of your telephone directory under “Asbestos”. Get several bids and check references before making a selection. The contractors should also be able to tell you what kind of disruption to expect.

The asbestos contractor should be aware of the reporting requirements in Benton County. A “Notification of Intent to Remove Asbestos” form, which can be downloaded (PDF or DOC) is required for all asbestos project in Benton County. Once approved, the form allows you to legally remove asbestos and dispose of it at specified asbestos disposal sites. Failure by the contractor to file this form may result in enforcement action being taken against the contractor and/or the business owner.

I am worried there might be asbestos in my home? How can I tell?

Areas to consider looking when identifying asbestos in your home.

Asbestos is only a concern if it is disturbed-that’s when fibers are released into the air. This could occur during a remodel or repair project. The only way to know for sure is to have the material tested. If you are planning a renovation, and doing the work yourself, you may perform your own survey of the structure to determine if it may have suspect asbestos-containing materials.

You should have suspect materials tested for asbestos prior to renovation by submitting a sample for lab analysis. (vermiculite insulation is an exception). Labs are listed in the yellow pages under “Asbestos-Consulting and Testing.” Ask a laboratory technician to instruct you how to properly obtain a sample. Please contact us for further information, or click here.

I meet the criteria of an Owner-Occupied, Single-Family Residence. Prior to my renovation/demolition, do I need a certified AHERA building inspector to inspect the structure?

For demolition, yes. For renovation, no-however, there are specific work practices and disposal requirements you must comply with. Contact Benton Clean Air for further information. Important: Please note that if anyone other than the homeowner will be doing renovation work, the survey must be performed by a certified AHERA building inspector.

How do I determine if a material contains asbestos?

A: You must have it tested by a laboratory. You can send your sample to an accredited lab, with prices varying between $6 – $25, depending upon the turnaround time.

Asbestos was found in my home that I plan to have demolished, can I remove the asbestos myself?

Yes, however, there are specific work practices and disposal requirements. Please contact Benton Clean Air for further information.

I have vermiculite insulation in my attic. Should I remove it?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends it be left alone. Avoid using your attic for occupancy and storage. If you must use your attic, limit the trips to it. If you are planning a remodel, never attempt to remove asbestos vermiculite insulation yourself. For more information, visit EPA’s website on asbestos.

What is an asbestos project?

It is any activity involving the abatement, renovation, demolition, removal, salvage, clean-up, or disposal of asbestos-containing material (ACM) or any other action or inaction that disturbs or is likely to disturb any ACM. It includes the removal and disposal of ACM or asbestos-containing waste material. It does not include the application of duct tape, rewettable glass cloth, canvas, cement, paint, or other non-asbestos materials to seal or fill exposed areas where asbestos fibers may be released nor does it include nonfriable asbestos containing roofing material that will not be rendered friable.

Who is responsible to have the asbestos survey done?

Any person causing or allowing renovation or demolition e.g. property owners/managers, lessors, tenants, contractors, workers, and other involved parties

Do I still need a survey if the building I am working on is only a few years old?

Yes. There is no cut-off date when it is safe to assume that asbestos is not present in building materials. If your building was certified to be built asbestos-free, then this certification may be used as supporting documentation by the AHERA building inspector performing the survey. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, 9 thousand metric tons of asbestos were used in roofing products in the U.S. as recent as the year 2000.

Can I, the contractor, take samples of materials to a laboratory to determine asbestos content?

Only if you are also an AHERA certified asbestos inspector.

Can I treat materials as asbestos-containing, instead of paying to get a survey?

If an asbestos survey is not conducted, building materials that will or may be disturbed must be assumed to contain asbestos. Handling asbestos-containing material must be performed by properly trained and certified asbestos workers and supervised by a Washington State certified asbestos supervisor.

In addition to the training and certification requirements, people handling asbestos would be subject to other regulatory requirements, such as hazard communication, medical exams, and other worker protection issues. Check with the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries for these additional requirements. Although you can assume that materials contain asbestos and follow all asbestos-related requirements, you can never assume building materials do not contain asbestos.

Demolition

Demolition (owner-occupied, single family residence)

The Benton Clean Air Agency’s regulations define a demolition project as the wrecking, razing, leveling, dismantling, or burning of a structure (allowed by permit for fire department training), thereby making the structure permanently uninhabitable or unusable.

Notification Requirements

The Benton Clean Air Agency must be notified at least ten working days in advance, on its agency-supplied forms, of any asbestos project (construction, demolition, renovation, clean-up, repair, or maintenance) and whenever a structure will be demolished. The proper fees must accompany the notification.

Survey Requirements

An asbestos survey is required by the Benton Clean Air Agency prior to any commercial renovation or demolition activities on any structure, vacant or not. The Department of Labor & Industries requires that the survey must be performed by an Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act (AHERA) inspector prior to undertaking a renovation or demolition project.

Removal Requirements

If asbestos containing material is identified by the survey, it must be removed and disposed of in accordance with the Benton Clean Air Agency regulations, by persons appropriately trained and certified by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

Posting Requirements

A copy of the asbestos survey, notification and all amendments to the notification must be posted on-site.

Additional Requirements

In addition to Benton Clean Air requirements, most building departments require a renovation and demolition permit separate from Benton Clean Air’s Notice of Intent.

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has asbestos survey, notification and removal standards (WAC 296-62, 296-65, and 296-155). Click here for link to L & I’s asbestos page. You may also contact L & I by phone: (509) 735-0128.

Renovation, demolition, and construction may be subject to lead regulations. The Washington State Department of Ecology’s web page provides State Lead Regulations and Guidance for rules administered by the Department of Ecology, the Department of Health, and the Department of Labor and Industries and WISHA. In Washington, the Department of Commerce will administer the EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Remodeling rule. Click here for a link to the Department of Commerce’s lead web page.

Homeowners may remove the asbestos provided that they follow proper work practices and dispose of the waste properly.

Renovation

Renovation/Remodel (owner-occupied, single-family residence)

  • An asbestos survey is required prior to performing renovation/remodel activities.
  • If you’re not doing the renovation work yourself, then you must hire a AHERA certified building inspector to conduct the asbestos survey. Check the phone book under “asbestos abatement/consulting/testing.”
  • If you are doing the renovation/remodel work yourself, then you may perform the survey yourself.
  • You should have suspected materials tested for asbestos prior to renovation by submitting a sample for lab analysis. (vermiculite insulation is an exception). o Labs are listed in the yellow pages under Asbestos—Consulting and Testing. Ask a laboratory technician to instruct you how to properly obtain a sample.

How do I determine if a suspect material contains asbestos?

You must have it tested by a laboratory. You can send your sample to an accredited lab, with prices varying between $6 – $25, depending upon the turnaround time. A listing of accredited laboratories can be found here

What to do if it IS asbestos. Don’t panic. There are options.

Notification Requirements

The Benton Clean Air Agency must be notified at least ten working days in advance, on its agency-supplied forms, of any asbestos project (construction, demolition, renovation, clean-up, repair, or maintenance) and whenever a structure will be demolished. The proper fees must accompany the notification.

Survey Requirements

An asbestos survey is required by the Benton Clean Air Agency prior to any commercial renovation or demolition activities on any structure, vacant or not. The Department of Labor & Industries requires that the survey must be performed by an Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act (AHERA) inspector prior to undertaking a renovation or demolition project.

Removal Requirements

If asbestos containing material is identified by the survey, it must be removed and disposed of in accordance with the Benton Clean Air Agency regulations, by persons appropriately trained and certified by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, or by the homeowner for qualifying facilities.

Posting Requirements

A copy of the asbestos survey, notification and all amendments to the notification must be posted on-site.

Additional Requirements

In addition to Benton Clean Air requirements, most building departments require a renovation and demolition permit separate from Benton Clean Air’s Notice of Intent.

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has asbestos survey, notification and removal standards (WAC 296-62, 296-65, and 296-155). Click here for link to L & I’s asbestos page. You may also contact L & I by phone: (509) 735-0128.

Renovation, demolition, and construction may be subject to lead regulations. The Washington State Department of Ecology’s web page provides State Lead Regulations and Guidance for rules administered by the Department of Ecology, the Department of Health, and the Department of Labor and Industries and WISHA. In Washington, the Department of Commerce will administer the EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Remodeling rule. Click here for a link to the Department of Commerce’s lead web page.

Homeowner

Defining the Homeowner in an asbestos situation

An owner-occupied, single-family residence is one that the owner of the home lives in both PRIOR to and AFTER renovation activities.

Owner-occupied, single-family residence doesn’t include:

  • rental property
  • multiple-family units
  • mixed-use structures containing a residential unit(s)
  • structures involved in commercial/governmental related activities (e.g. commercial development, property management, real estate transactions, ordered demolition, etc.)

Asbestos information related to these “commercial” activities, click here.

You have determined that you qualify as an owner-occupied, single family resident.
Are you planning a Demolition or Renovation/Remodel?

Contractors

Commercial Demolition, Renovation and Asbestos

Benton Clean Air Agency has adopted asbestos regulations related to renovation and demolition projects. The following information is a quick overview and is not intended to be a substitute for the current Asbestos Control Standards.

  • Renovation -altering a structure or component in any way other than demolition.
  • Demolition -wrecking or taking out of any load supporting structural member of a facility or intentional burning of a facility (only for fire training purposes).

Notification Requirements

The Benton Clean Air Agency must be notified at least ten working days in advance, on its agency-supplied forms, of any asbestos project (construction, demolition, renovation, clean-up, repair, or maintenance) and whenever a structure will be demolished. The proper fees must accompany the notification.

Survey Requirements

An asbestos survey is required by the Benton Clean Air Agency prior to any commercial renovation or demolition activities on any structure, vacant or not. The Department of Labor & Industries requires that the survey must be performed by an Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act (AHERA) inspector prior to undertaking a renovation or demolition project.

Removal Requirements

If asbestos containing material is identified by the survey, it must be removed and disposed of in accordance with the Benton Clean Air Agency regulations, by persons appropriately trained and certified by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

Posting Requirements

A copy of the asbestos survey, notification and all amendments to the notification must be posted on-site.

Additional Requirements

In addition to Benton Clean Air requirements, most building departments require a renovation and demolition permit separate from Benton Clean Air’s Notice of Intent.

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has asbestos survey, notification and removal standards (WAC 296-62, 296-65, and 296-155). Click here for link to L & I’s asbestos page. You may also contact L & I by phone: (509) 735-0128.

Renovation, demolition, and construction may be subject to lead regulations. The Washington State Department of Ecology’s web page provides State Lead Regulations and Guidance for rules administered by the Department of Ecology, the Department of Health, and the Department of Labor and Industries and WISHA. In Washington, the Department of Commerce will administer the EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Remodeling rule. Click here for a link to the Department of Commerce’s lead web page.

AHERA Building Inspectors

Prior to commencing a renovation or demolition in Benton County the building owner or contractor must obtain a good faith survey for the presence of asbestos performed by an AHERA Building Inspector. The contractors in the list below provide these services. Please keep in mind the list is not exhaustive and there may be others who can perform this type of inspection. If you are an AHERA Building Inspector and want to be added to the list, please call (509)783-1304x4.

Asbestos Contractor & Address Phone

A1 Asbestos LLC

4113 Mission Creek Rd., Cashmere, WA 98815

(509) 782-8889

Asbestos and Mold Solutions, Inc.

1837 Terminal Dr., Richland, WA 99352

(509) 943-1104

Blue Mountain Environmental Consulting Company

125 Main St., Waitsburg, WA 99361

(509) 337-6403

Cliff Thorn Construction LLC

1552 Georgia Ave., Richland, WA 99352

(509) 416-2007

Fulcrum Environmental Consulting

406 N. 2nd St., Yakima, WA 98901

(509) 574-0839

id1, Inc,

79 Lone Ranch Creek Rd., Danville, WA 99121

(509) 779-4171

IRS Environmental

E 12415 Trent Ave., Spokane, WA 99216

(509) 927-7867

PBS Engineering and Environmental

400 Bradley Blvd. Ste 106, Richland, WA 99352

(509) 942-1600

Premier Construction

318 E. 45th Ave., Kennewick, WA 99337

(509) 948-4321

Pro-Con Restoration & Abatement LLC

101904 Wiser Pkwy, Kennewick, WA 99338

(509) 713-0811

RCP Environmental

13828 NW 10th Ct., Vancouver, WA 98685

(360) 787-3682

RH Welch, Inc.

96902 E. Kaitlyn Dr., Kennewick, WA 99338

(509) 851-0771

Specialty Environmental

2626 E. Trent Ave., Spokane, WA 99202

(509) 535-1515

Tektoniks Corporation

306 W. Moore St., Walla Walla, WA 99362

(509) 529-8424

Tri-Valley Construction, Inc.

1008 N. 1st St., Yakima, WA 98901

(509) 452-4098

Washington Asbestos Testing, LLC

11200 Kirkland Way Suite 340 A, Kirkland, WA 98033

(425) 658-7286


If you would like to become an AHERA Building Inspector, please contact a training provider. The training program must be managed by the EPA’s Model Accreditation Program.

Benton Clean Air Agency

Benton Clean Air Agency

Asbestos

Looking for a Contractor?

For a list of AHERA Building Inspectors, click here.

For a list of abatement contractors certified by WA L&I, click here.

For a list of training providers for the AHERA Building Inspector certification, please contact EPA Region 10.

Do Asbestos Rules Apply to My Project?

If you are involved, directly or indirectly, with altering a structure, regardless of its age, in any way, your project is subject to asbestos regulations. This includes wrecking, razing, leveling, dismantling or moving a structure or component of a structure. Home remodeling projects are included, such as re-roofing, re-siding, carpet/tile removal, window replacement, new furnace installation, etc. (View Overview | View Regulation)

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was widely used in building materials for its durability and intrinsic fireproofing characteristics. Asbestos is still used today in some products.

Dangers of Asbestos Exposure

Exposure to asbestos has been linked to cancer and other respiratory diseases, which is why federal, state and local regulations exist-to protect public health from uncontrolled disturbances of asbestos-containing products. Benton Clean Air Agency administers an asbestos program in Benton County.

2013 Requirement to Label Building Materials that Contain Asbestos

Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral fiber. Because of its strength and heat resistance, asbestos has been used in a variety of building construction materials. Today, asbestos-containing building materials are still imported, sold, and used in the United States - despite our knowledge that asbestos is harmful to human health. People using asebestos-containing building materials should avoid creating and breathing dust.

Who is affected by this law?

The law applies to manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors of asbestos-containing building materials.

What does this law require?

Effective January 1, 2014, manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors of asbestos-containing building materials must prominently label both the product and packaging for the following building materials:

  • Any building material naturally containing more than one percent asbestos.
  • Any building material that has any amount of asbestos added to it.

Where does the label need to be put?

Label the product:

  • In a prominent location near the product name or description on the exterior wrapping or packaging in which the product is stored, shipped, and sold.
  • On the exterior surface of the asbestos-containing building material itself, unless it is:
    • sold as a liquid or paste or
    • unless it is sand or gravel.

What must the label say?

At a minimum, the label must state:

CAUTION!This product contains ASBESTOS, which is known to cause cancer and lung disease.
Avoid creating dust. Intentionally removing or tampering with this label is a violation of state law.


What exemptions apply?

Labeling

The labeling requirement does not apply to:

  • Retailers that do not manufacture, wholesale or distribute asbestos-containing building materials
  • Asbestos-containing building materials that:
    • Have already been installed, applied or used by the consumer
    • Are used solely for United States Military purposes
    • Were purchased by a retailer prior to January 1, 2014 (stock-on-hand)

Building materials

The term “building materials” does not include products designed for:

  • Cars
  • Recreational vehicles
  • Boats

Other mobile means of transportation

Dealing with Asbestos

What to do if it IS asbestos. Don’t Panic. There are options.

Leave it alone.

Asbestos is a problem only if fibers are released to the air.

  • Asbestos-containing materials that are in good repair and not being disturbed will not release asbestos fibers.
  • Sometimes, it is possible to work around asbestos without removing it.

For example, rather than removing a sheet vinyl floor with asbestos backing, it may be possible to lay the new sheet vinyl on top of the old, or to install a new ¼ inch plywood underlayment on top of the existing and then the new sheet vinyl. However, if asbestos-containing material is damaged, subject to being damaged, or must be disturbed as part of a remodeling project, then you should repair, encapsulate or remove it.

Repair & Encapsulate.

Sometimes, asbestos can be repaired or encapsulated rather than removed.

  • A few inches of torn, loose or frayed asbestos tape wrap on heating ducts can be sealed with paint or duct tape.
  • Damaged hot water pipe insulation can be covered with a specially designed fabric available at safety equipment stores.
  • Similarly, some asbestos applications that are in good condition can be encapsulated to stabilize them and reduce the likelihood of asbestos releases.

Encapsulation often is the best option when dealing with insulation on heating systems. o Homeowners should be aware, however, that although encapsulation seems like an attractive option, especially when dealing with furnace ducts or spray-on “popcorn” ceilings, there may be less obvious costs and risks involved. o For example, painting may make a future removal much more difficult. It also can cause heavy popcorn applications or popcorn that has been water-damaged to fall off ceilings in clumps.

In cases involving extensive asbestos damage or disturbance, removal may be the more appropriate option.

Removal Options.

As an owner-occupied, single-family residence, there are two legal options when having asbestos removed from your home:

  • Hire a certified asbestos abatement contractor. The law prohibits you from hiring anyone other than a certified asbestos abatement contractor to perform asbestos removal work. These experts are trained to remove asbestos effectively and safely. They also perform air monitoring to ensure that the air in your home meets acceptable standards after the project is completed. Asbestos abatement contractors are listed in the yellow pages; make sure you check that they are certified, bonded, and insured.
  • Do the work yourself. Some projects can be done safely—but only if prescribed work procedures are strictly followed. All asbestos-containing material must be removed and disposed of in accordance with Benton Clean Air Agency regulations.

Some projects, such as the removal of certain types of asbestos insulation on hot water boilers and associated pipe systems, and vermiculite insulation, are very hazardous and should be performed only by an abatement contractor.

  1. Asbestos Forms, Publications & Resources
  2. BCAA Regulation 1

Forms, Publications & Resources

Below is the BCAA form to be submitted prior to renovation or demolition.
Asbestos Notification


Resources

  1. Benton Clean Air Agency Regulation I, Article 8 Asbestos
  2. List of Accredited Labs
  3. EPA’s Asbestos Website
  4. Labor and Industries
  5. EPA’s List of AHERA Training Providers

Publications

Overview of Renovation/Demolition

We always recommend that a professional asbestos abatement contractor perform any of these jobs, however, here are some tips for doing the work yourself.

Flooring Removal for Homeowners

Siding Removal for Homeowners

Popcorn Ceiling Removal for Homeowners

Asbestos Questions

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber that has been used in more than 3,000 different construction materials and manufactured products. It is commonly found in heating system insulation, decorative spray-on ceiling treatments, vinyl flooring, cement shake siding and a variety of additional materials. Some asbestos-containing materials were still being installed into the late 1980s.

All types of asbestos tend to break into very tiny fibers. These individual fibers are so small that many must be identified using a microscope. In fact, some individual fibers may be up to 700 times smaller than a human hair. Because asbestos fibers are so small, once released into the air, they may stay suspended there for hours or even days.

Asbestos fibers are also virtually indestructible. They are resistant to chemicals and heat, and they are very stable in the environment. They do not evaporate into air or dissolve in water, and they are not broken down over time. Asbestos is probably the best insulator known to man.

Usually asbestos is mixed with other materials to actually form the products. Floor tiles, for example, may contain only a small percentage of asbestos.The asbestos content of different materials varies according to the product and how it is used. Among those materials with higher concentrations of asbestos are insulation products on heating Systems and the backing on sheet vinyl flooring. However, an uncontrolled disturbance of any asbestos-containing material in any concentration may be dangerous to your health!

Why is Asbestos a problem?

Breathing asbestos fibers can be dangerous. When disturbed, asbestos breaks down into fibers up to 1,200 times thinner than a human hair. When inhaled, they become trapped in lung tissues. Medical research tells us that up to 30 years after inhalation, asbestos fibers can cause lung cancer or mesothelioma, a related terminal cancer of the tissue lining the chest cavity.

Because asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral and has been so widely used in manufactured products, including automobile brake linings, it can be found almost everywhere. Trace amounts are in the air we breathe every day. Most of us have asbestos fibers in our lungs.

On the other hand, there’s no known safe level of asbestos exposure. That’s why medical, environmental health and regulatory organizations stress the need to protect health by minimizing exposure to airborne asbestos fibers accumulate at elevated levels. Elevated levels result from uncontrolled disturbances and removals of asbestos-containing materials.

Asbestos is not always an immediate hazard. In fact, if asbestos can be maintained in good condition, it is recommended that it be left alone and periodic surveillance performed to monitor it’s condition. It’s only when asbestos containing materials are disturbed or the materials become damaged that it becomes a hazard. When the materials become damaged, the fibers separate and may then become airborne. In the asbestos industry, the term ‘friable’ is used to describe asbestos that can be reduced to dust by hand pressure. ‘Non-friable’ means asbestos that is too hard to be reduce to dust by hand. Non-friable materials, such as transite siding and floor tiles are not regulated provided it does not become friable. Machine grinding, sanding and dry-buffing are ways of causing non-friable materials to become friable.

Asbestos has been identified at my home or business. What are the requirements for removal?

If you decide to have asbestos removed, BCAA strongly encourages you to use a state-certified asbestos abatement contractor. These experts are trained to employ removal techniques that ensure asbestos is effectively and safely removed. They also perform air monitoring to ensure that the air at your business meets acceptable standards after the project is completed. Be aware that during asbestos removal, that there may be subtantial disruption to your business operation due to the potential hazards of exposing your employees and the public to asbestos.

Bonded, insured asbestos abatement contractors are in the yellow pages of your telephone directory under “Asbestos”. Get several bids and check references before making a selection. The contractors should also be able to tell you what kind of disruption to expect.

The asbestos contractor should be aware of the reporting requirements in Benton County. A “Notification of Intent to Remove Asbestos” form, which can be downloaded (PDF or DOC) is required for all asbestos project in Benton County. Once approved, the form allows you to legally remove asbestos and dispose of it at specified asbestos disposal sites. Failure by the contractor to file this form may result in enforcement action being taken against the contractor and/or the business owner.

I am worried there might be asbestos in my home? How can I tell?

Areas to consider looking when identifying asbestos in your home.

Asbestos is only a concern if it is disturbed-that’s when fibers are released into the air. This could occur during a remodel or repair project. The only way to know for sure is to have the material tested. If you are planning a renovation, and doing the work yourself, you may perform your own survey of the structure to determine if it may have suspect asbestos-containing materials.

You should have suspect materials tested for asbestos prior to renovation by submitting a sample for lab analysis. (vermiculite insulation is an exception). Labs are listed in the yellow pages under “Asbestos-Consulting and Testing.” Ask a laboratory technician to instruct you how to properly obtain a sample. Please contact us for further information, or click here.

I meet the criteria of an Owner-Occupied, Single-Family Residence. Prior to my renovation/demolition, do I need a certified AHERA building inspector to inspect the structure?

For demolition, yes. For renovation, no-however, there are specific work practices and disposal requirements you must comply with. Contact Benton Clean Air for further information. Important: Please note that if anyone other than the homeowner will be doing renovation work, the survey must be performed by a certified AHERA building inspector.

How do I determine if a material contains asbestos?

A: You must have it tested by a laboratory. You can send your sample to an accredited lab, with prices varying between $6 – $25, depending upon the turnaround time.

Asbestos was found in my home that I plan to have demolished, can I remove the asbestos myself?

Yes, however, there are specific work practices and disposal requirements. Please contact Benton Clean Air for further information.

I have vermiculite insulation in my attic. Should I remove it?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends it be left alone. Avoid using your attic for occupancy and storage. If you must use your attic, limit the trips to it. If you are planning a remodel, never attempt to remove asbestos vermiculite insulation yourself. For more information, visit EPA’s website on asbestos.

What is an asbestos project?

It is any activity involving the abatement, renovation, demolition, removal, salvage, clean-up, or disposal of asbestos-containing material (ACM) or any other action or inaction that disturbs or is likely to disturb any ACM. It includes the removal and disposal of ACM or asbestos-containing waste material. It does not include the application of duct tape, rewettable glass cloth, canvas, cement, paint, or other non-asbestos materials to seal or fill exposed areas where asbestos fibers may be released nor does it include nonfriable asbestos containing roofing material that will not be rendered friable.

Who is responsible to have the asbestos survey done?

Any person causing or allowing renovation or demolition e.g. property owners/managers, lessors, tenants, contractors, workers, and other involved parties

Do I still need a survey if the building I am working on is only a few years old?

Yes. There is no cut-off date when it is safe to assume that asbestos is not present in building materials. If your building was certified to be built asbestos-free, then this certification may be used as supporting documentation by the AHERA building inspector performing the survey. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, 9 thousand metric tons of asbestos were used in roofing products in the U.S. as recent as the year 2000.

Can I, the contractor, take samples of materials to a laboratory to determine asbestos content?

Only if you are also an AHERA certified asbestos inspector.

Can I treat materials as asbestos-containing, instead of paying to get a survey?

If an asbestos survey is not conducted, building materials that will or may be disturbed must be assumed to contain asbestos. Handling asbestos-containing material must be performed by properly trained and certified asbestos workers and supervised by a Washington State certified asbestos supervisor.

In addition to the training and certification requirements, people handling asbestos would be subject to other regulatory requirements, such as hazard communication, medical exams, and other worker protection issues. Check with the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries for these additional requirements. Although you can assume that materials contain asbestos and follow all asbestos-related requirements, you can never assume building materials do not contain asbestos.

Demolition

Demolition (owner-occupied, single family residence)

The Benton Clean Air Agency’s regulations define a demolition project as the wrecking, razing, leveling, dismantling, or burning of a structure (allowed by permit for fire department training), thereby making the structure permanently uninhabitable or unusable.

Notification Requirements

The Benton Clean Air Agency must be notified at least ten working days in advance, on its agency-supplied forms, of any asbestos project (construction, demolition, renovation, clean-up, repair, or maintenance) and whenever a structure will be demolished. The proper fees must accompany the notification.

Survey Requirements

An asbestos survey is required by the Benton Clean Air Agency prior to any commercial renovation or demolition activities on any structure, vacant or not. The Department of Labor & Industries requires that the survey must be performed by an Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act (AHERA) inspector prior to undertaking a renovation or demolition project.

Removal Requirements

If asbestos containing material is identified by the survey, it must be removed and disposed of in accordance with the Benton Clean Air Agency regulations, by persons appropriately trained and certified by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

Posting Requirements

A copy of the asbestos survey, notification and all amendments to the notification must be posted on-site.

Additional Requirements

In addition to Benton Clean Air requirements, most building departments require a renovation and demolition permit separate from Benton Clean Air’s Notice of Intent.

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has asbestos survey, notification and removal standards (WAC 296-62, 296-65, and 296-155). Click here for link to L & I’s asbestos page. You may also contact L & I by phone: (509) 735-0128.

Renovation, demolition, and construction may be subject to lead regulations. The Washington State Department of Ecology’s web page provides State Lead Regulations and Guidance for rules administered by the Department of Ecology, the Department of Health, and the Department of Labor and Industries and WISHA. In Washington, the Department of Commerce will administer the EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Remodeling rule. Click here for a link to the Department of Commerce’s lead web page.

Homeowners may remove the asbestos provided that they follow proper work practices and dispose of the waste properly.

Renovation

Renovation/Remodel (owner-occupied, single-family residence)

  • An asbestos survey is required prior to performing renovation/remodel activities.
  • If you’re not doing the renovation work yourself, then you must hire a AHERA certified building inspector to conduct the asbestos survey. Check the phone book under “asbestos abatement/consulting/testing.”
  • If you are doing the renovation/remodel work yourself, then you may perform the survey yourself.
  • You should have suspected materials tested for asbestos prior to renovation by submitting a sample for lab analysis. (vermiculite insulation is an exception). o Labs are listed in the yellow pages under Asbestos—Consulting and Testing. Ask a laboratory technician to instruct you how to properly obtain a sample.

How do I determine if a suspect material contains asbestos?

You must have it tested by a laboratory. You can send your sample to an accredited lab, with prices varying between $6 – $25, depending upon the turnaround time. A listing of accredited laboratories can be found here

What to do if it IS asbestos. Don’t panic. There are options.

Notification Requirements

The Benton Clean Air Agency must be notified at least ten working days in advance, on its agency-supplied forms, of any asbestos project (construction, demolition, renovation, clean-up, repair, or maintenance) and whenever a structure will be demolished. The proper fees must accompany the notification.

Survey Requirements

An asbestos survey is required by the Benton Clean Air Agency prior to any commercial renovation or demolition activities on any structure, vacant or not. The Department of Labor & Industries requires that the survey must be performed by an Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act (AHERA) inspector prior to undertaking a renovation or demolition project.

Removal Requirements

If asbestos containing material is identified by the survey, it must be removed and disposed of in accordance with the Benton Clean Air Agency regulations, by persons appropriately trained and certified by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, or by the homeowner for qualifying facilities.

Posting Requirements

A copy of the asbestos survey, notification and all amendments to the notification must be posted on-site.

Additional Requirements

In addition to Benton Clean Air requirements, most building departments require a renovation and demolition permit separate from Benton Clean Air’s Notice of Intent.

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has asbestos survey, notification and removal standards (WAC 296-62, 296-65, and 296-155). Click here for link to L & I’s asbestos page. You may also contact L & I by phone: (509) 735-0128.

Renovation, demolition, and construction may be subject to lead regulations. The Washington State Department of Ecology’s web page provides State Lead Regulations and Guidance for rules administered by the Department of Ecology, the Department of Health, and the Department of Labor and Industries and WISHA. In Washington, the Department of Commerce will administer the EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Remodeling rule. Click here for a link to the Department of Commerce’s lead web page.

Homeowner

Defining the Homeowner in an asbestos situation

An owner-occupied, single-family residence is one that the owner of the home lives in both PRIOR to and AFTER renovation activities.

Owner-occupied, single-family residence doesn’t include:

  • rental property
  • multiple-family units
  • mixed-use structures containing a residential unit(s)
  • structures involved in commercial/governmental related activities (e.g. commercial development, property management, real estate transactions, ordered demolition, etc.)

Asbestos information related to these “commercial” activities, click here.

You have determined that you qualify as an owner-occupied, single family resident.
Are you planning a Demolition or Renovation/Remodel?

Contractors

Commercial Demolition, Renovation and Asbestos

Benton Clean Air Agency has adopted asbestos regulations related to renovation and demolition projects. The following information is a quick overview and is not intended to be a substitute for the current Asbestos Control Standards.

  • Renovation -altering a structure or component in any way other than demolition.
  • Demolition -wrecking or taking out of any load supporting structural member of a facility or intentional burning of a facility (only for fire training purposes).

Notification Requirements

The Benton Clean Air Agency must be notified at least ten working days in advance, on its agency-supplied forms, of any asbestos project (construction, demolition, renovation, clean-up, repair, or maintenance) and whenever a structure will be demolished. The proper fees must accompany the notification.

Survey Requirements

An asbestos survey is required by the Benton Clean Air Agency prior to any commercial renovation or demolition activities on any structure, vacant or not. The Department of Labor & Industries requires that the survey must be performed by an Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act (AHERA) inspector prior to undertaking a renovation or demolition project.

Removal Requirements

If asbestos containing material is identified by the survey, it must be removed and disposed of in accordance with the Benton Clean Air Agency regulations, by persons appropriately trained and certified by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

Posting Requirements

A copy of the asbestos survey, notification and all amendments to the notification must be posted on-site.

Additional Requirements

In addition to Benton Clean Air requirements, most building departments require a renovation and demolition permit separate from Benton Clean Air’s Notice of Intent.

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has asbestos survey, notification and removal standards (WAC 296-62, 296-65, and 296-155). Click here for link to L & I’s asbestos page. You may also contact L & I by phone: (509) 735-0128.

Renovation, demolition, and construction may be subject to lead regulations. The Washington State Department of Ecology’s web page provides State Lead Regulations and Guidance for rules administered by the Department of Ecology, the Department of Health, and the Department of Labor and Industries and WISHA. In Washington, the Department of Commerce will administer the EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Remodeling rule. Click here for a link to the Department of Commerce’s lead web page.

AHERA Building Inspectors

Prior to commencing a renovation or demolition in Benton County the building owner or contractor must obtain a good faith survey for the presence of asbestos performed by an AHERA Building Inspector. The contractors in the list below provide these services. Please keep in mind the list is not exhaustive and there may be others who can perform this type of inspection. If you are an AHERA Building Inspector and want to be added to the list, please call (509)783-1304x4.

Asbestos Contractor & Address Phone

A1 Asbestos LLC

4113 Mission Creek Rd., Cashmere, WA 98815

(509) 782-8889

Asbestos and Mold Solutions, Inc.

1837 Terminal Dr., Richland, WA 99352

(509) 943-1104

Blue Mountain Environmental Consulting Company

125 Main St., Waitsburg, WA 99361

(509) 337-6403

Cliff Thorn Construction LLC

1552 Georgia Ave., Richland, WA 99352

(509) 416-2007

Fulcrum Environmental Consulting

406 N. 2nd St., Yakima, WA 98901

(509) 574-0839

id1, Inc,

79 Lone Ranch Creek Rd., Danville, WA 99121

(509) 779-4171

IRS Environmental

E 12415 Trent Ave., Spokane, WA 99216

(509) 927-7867

PBS Engineering and Environmental

400 Bradley Blvd. Ste 106, Richland, WA 99352

(509) 942-1600

Premier Construction

318 E. 45th Ave., Kennewick, WA 99337

(509) 948-4321

Pro-Con Restoration & Abatement LLC

101904 Wiser Pkwy, Kennewick, WA 99338

(509) 713-0811

RCP Environmental

13828 NW 10th Ct., Vancouver, WA 98685

(360) 787-3682

RH Welch, Inc.

96902 E. Kaitlyn Dr., Kennewick, WA 99338

(509) 851-0771

Specialty Environmental

2626 E. Trent Ave., Spokane, WA 99202

(509) 535-1515

Tektoniks Corporation

306 W. Moore St., Walla Walla, WA 99362

(509) 529-8424

Tri-Valley Construction, Inc.

1008 N. 1st St., Yakima, WA 98901

(509) 452-4098

Washington Asbestos Testing, LLC

11200 Kirkland Way Suite 340 A, Kirkland, WA 98033

(425) 658-7286


If you would like to become an AHERA Building Inspector, please contact a training provider. The training program must be managed by the EPA’s Model Accreditation Program.

Benton Clean Air Agency

Benton Clean Air Agency

Asbestos

Looking for a Contractor?

For a list of AHERA Building Inspectors, click here.

For a list of abatement contractors certified by WA L&I, click here.

For a list of training providers for the AHERA Building Inspector certification, please contact EPA Region 10.

Do Asbestos Rules Apply to My Project?

If you are involved, directly or indirectly, with altering a structure, regardless of its age, in any way, your project is subject to asbestos regulations. This includes wrecking, razing, leveling, dismantling or moving a structure or component of a structure. Home remodeling projects are included, such as re-roofing, re-siding, carpet/tile removal, window replacement, new furnace installation, etc. (View Overview | View Regulation)

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was widely used in building materials for its durability and intrinsic fireproofing characteristics. Asbestos is still used today in some products.

Dangers of Asbestos Exposure

Exposure to asbestos has been linked to cancer and other respiratory diseases, which is why federal, state and local regulations exist-to protect public health from uncontrolled disturbances of asbestos-containing products. Benton Clean Air Agency administers an asbestos program in Benton County.

2013 Requirement to Label Building Materials that Contain Asbestos

Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral fiber. Because of its strength and heat resistance, asbestos has been used in a variety of building construction materials. Today, asbestos-containing building materials are still imported, sold, and used in the United States - despite our knowledge that asbestos is harmful to human health. People using asebestos-containing building materials should avoid creating and breathing dust.

Who is affected by this law?

The law applies to manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors of asbestos-containing building materials.

What does this law require?

Effective January 1, 2014, manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors of asbestos-containing building materials must prominently label both the product and packaging for the following building materials:

  • Any building material naturally containing more than one percent asbestos.
  • Any building material that has any amount of asbestos added to it.

Where does the label need to be put?

Label the product:

  • In a prominent location near the product name or description on the exterior wrapping or packaging in which the product is stored, shipped, and sold.
  • On the exterior surface of the asbestos-containing building material itself, unless it is:
    • sold as a liquid or paste or
    • unless it is sand or gravel.

What must the label say?

At a minimum, the label must state:

CAUTION!This product contains ASBESTOS, which is known to cause cancer and lung disease.
Avoid creating dust. Intentionally removing or tampering with this label is a violation of state law.


What exemptions apply?

Labeling

The labeling requirement does not apply to:

  • Retailers that do not manufacture, wholesale or distribute asbestos-containing building materials
  • Asbestos-containing building materials that:
    • Have already been installed, applied or used by the consumer
    • Are used solely for United States Military purposes
    • Were purchased by a retailer prior to January 1, 2014 (stock-on-hand)

Building materials

The term “building materials” does not include products designed for:

  • Cars
  • Recreational vehicles
  • Boats

Other mobile means of transportation

Dealing with Asbestos

What to do if it IS asbestos. Don’t Panic. There are options.

Leave it alone.

Asbestos is a problem only if fibers are released to the air.

  • Asbestos-containing materials that are in good repair and not being disturbed will not release asbestos fibers.
  • Sometimes, it is possible to work around asbestos without removing it.

For example, rather than removing a sheet vinyl floor with asbestos backing, it may be possible to lay the new sheet vinyl on top of the old, or to install a new ¼ inch plywood underlayment on top of the existing and then the new sheet vinyl. However, if asbestos-containing material is damaged, subject to being damaged, or must be disturbed as part of a remodeling project, then you should repair, encapsulate or remove it.

Repair & Encapsulate.

Sometimes, asbestos can be repaired or encapsulated rather than removed.

  • A few inches of torn, loose or frayed asbestos tape wrap on heating ducts can be sealed with paint or duct tape.
  • Damaged hot water pipe insulation can be covered with a specially designed fabric available at safety equipment stores.
  • Similarly, some asbestos applications that are in good condition can be encapsulated to stabilize them and reduce the likelihood of asbestos releases.

Encapsulation often is the best option when dealing with insulation on heating systems. o Homeowners should be aware, however, that although encapsulation seems like an attractive option, especially when dealing with furnace ducts or spray-on “popcorn” ceilings, there may be less obvious costs and risks involved. o For example, painting may make a future removal much more difficult. It also can cause heavy popcorn applications or popcorn that has been water-damaged to fall off ceilings in clumps.

In cases involving extensive asbestos damage or disturbance, removal may be the more appropriate option.

Removal Options.

As an owner-occupied, single-family residence, there are two legal options when having asbestos removed from your home:

  • Hire a certified asbestos abatement contractor. The law prohibits you from hiring anyone other than a certified asbestos abatement contractor to perform asbestos removal work. These experts are trained to remove asbestos effectively and safely. They also perform air monitoring to ensure that the air in your home meets acceptable standards after the project is completed. Asbestos abatement contractors are listed in the yellow pages; make sure you check that they are certified, bonded, and insured.
  • Do the work yourself. Some projects can be done safely—but only if prescribed work procedures are strictly followed. All asbestos-containing material must be removed and disposed of in accordance with Benton Clean Air Agency regulations.

Some projects, such as the removal of certain types of asbestos insulation on hot water boilers and associated pipe systems, and vermiculite insulation, are very hazardous and should be performed only by an abatement contractor.

  1. Asbestos Forms, Publications & Resources
  2. BCAA Regulation 1

Forms, Publications & Resources

Below is the BCAA form to be submitted prior to renovation or demolition.
Asbestos Notification


Resources

  1. Benton Clean Air Agency Regulation I, Article 8 Asbestos
  2. List of Accredited Labs
  3. EPA’s Asbestos Website
  4. Labor and Industries
  5. EPA’s List of AHERA Training Providers

Publications

Overview of Renovation/Demolition

We always recommend that a professional asbestos abatement contractor perform any of these jobs, however, here are some tips for doing the work yourself.

Flooring Removal for Homeowners

Siding Removal for Homeowners

Popcorn Ceiling Removal for Homeowners

Asbestos Questions

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber that has been used in more than 3,000 different construction materials and manufactured products. It is commonly found in heating system insulation, decorative spray-on ceiling treatments, vinyl flooring, cement shake siding and a variety of additional materials. Some asbestos-containing materials were still being installed into the late 1980s.

All types of asbestos tend to break into very tiny fibers. These individual fibers are so small that many must be identified using a microscope. In fact, some individual fibers may be up to 700 times smaller than a human hair. Because asbestos fibers are so small, once released into the air, they may stay suspended there for hours or even days.

Asbestos fibers are also virtually indestructible. They are resistant to chemicals and heat, and they are very stable in the environment. They do not evaporate into air or dissolve in water, and they are not broken down over time. Asbestos is probably the best insulator known to man.

Usually asbestos is mixed with other materials to actually form the products. Floor tiles, for example, may contain only a small percentage of asbestos.The asbestos content of different materials varies according to the product and how it is used. Among those materials with higher concentrations of asbestos are insulation products on heating Systems and the backing on sheet vinyl flooring. However, an uncontrolled disturbance of any asbestos-containing material in any concentration may be dangerous to your health!

Why is Asbestos a problem?

Breathing asbestos fibers can be dangerous. When disturbed, asbestos breaks down into fibers up to 1,200 times thinner than a human hair. When inhaled, they become trapped in lung tissues. Medical research tells us that up to 30 years after inhalation, asbestos fibers can cause lung cancer or mesothelioma, a related terminal cancer of the tissue lining the chest cavity.

Because asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral and has been so widely used in manufactured products, including automobile brake linings, it can be found almost everywhere. Trace amounts are in the air we breathe every day. Most of us have asbestos fibers in our lungs.

On the other hand, there’s no known safe level of asbestos exposure. That’s why medical, environmental health and regulatory organizations stress the need to protect health by minimizing exposure to airborne asbestos fibers accumulate at elevated levels. Elevated levels result from uncontrolled disturbances and removals of asbestos-containing materials.

Asbestos is not always an immediate hazard. In fact, if asbestos can be maintained in good condition, it is recommended that it be left alone and periodic surveillance performed to monitor it’s condition. It’s only when asbestos containing materials are disturbed or the materials become damaged that it becomes a hazard. When the materials become damaged, the fibers separate and may then become airborne. In the asbestos industry, the term ‘friable’ is used to describe asbestos that can be reduced to dust by hand pressure. ‘Non-friable’ means asbestos that is too hard to be reduce to dust by hand. Non-friable materials, such as transite siding and floor tiles are not regulated provided it does not become friable. Machine grinding, sanding and dry-buffing are ways of causing non-friable materials to become friable.

Asbestos has been identified at my home or business. What are the requirements for removal?

If you decide to have asbestos removed, BCAA strongly encourages you to use a state-certified asbestos abatement contractor. These experts are trained to employ removal techniques that ensure asbestos is effectively and safely removed. They also perform air monitoring to ensure that the air at your business meets acceptable standards after the project is completed. Be aware that during asbestos removal, that there may be subtantial disruption to your business operation due to the potential hazards of exposing your employees and the public to asbestos.

Bonded, insured asbestos abatement contractors are in the yellow pages of your telephone directory under “Asbestos”. Get several bids and check references before making a selection. The contractors should also be able to tell you what kind of disruption to expect.

The asbestos contractor should be aware of the reporting requirements in Benton County. A “Notification of Intent to Remove Asbestos” form, which can be downloaded (PDF or DOC) is required for all asbestos project in Benton County. Once approved, the form allows you to legally remove asbestos and dispose of it at specified asbestos disposal sites. Failure by the contractor to file this form may result in enforcement action being taken against the contractor and/or the business owner.

I am worried there might be asbestos in my home? How can I tell?

Areas to consider looking when identifying asbestos in your home.

Asbestos is only a concern if it is disturbed-that’s when fibers are released into the air. This could occur during a remodel or repair project. The only way to know for sure is to have the material tested. If you are planning a renovation, and doing the work yourself, you may perform your own survey of the structure to determine if it may have suspect asbestos-containing materials.

You should have suspect materials tested for asbestos prior to renovation by submitting a sample for lab analysis. (vermiculite insulation is an exception). Labs are listed in the yellow pages under “Asbestos-Consulting and Testing.” Ask a laboratory technician to instruct you how to properly obtain a sample. Please contact us for further information, or click here.

I meet the criteria of an Owner-Occupied, Single-Family Residence. Prior to my renovation/demolition, do I need a certified AHERA building inspector to inspect the structure?

For demolition, yes. For renovation, no-however, there are specific work practices and disposal requirements you must comply with. Contact Benton Clean Air for further information. Important: Please note that if anyone other than the homeowner will be doing renovation work, the survey must be performed by a certified AHERA building inspector.

How do I determine if a material contains asbestos?

A: You must have it tested by a laboratory. You can send your sample to an accredited lab, with prices varying between $6 – $25, depending upon the turnaround time.

Asbestos was found in my home that I plan to have demolished, can I remove the asbestos myself?

Yes, however, there are specific work practices and disposal requirements. Please contact Benton Clean Air for further information.

I have vermiculite insulation in my attic. Should I remove it?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends it be left alone. Avoid using your attic for occupancy and storage. If you must use your attic, limit the trips to it. If you are planning a remodel, never attempt to remove asbestos vermiculite insulation yourself. For more information, visit EPA’s website on asbestos.

What is an asbestos project?

It is any activity involving the abatement, renovation, demolition, removal, salvage, clean-up, or disposal of asbestos-containing material (ACM) or any other action or inaction that disturbs or is likely to disturb any ACM. It includes the removal and disposal of ACM or asbestos-containing waste material. It does not include the application of duct tape, rewettable glass cloth, canvas, cement, paint, or other non-asbestos materials to seal or fill exposed areas where asbestos fibers may be released nor does it include nonfriable asbestos containing roofing material that will not be rendered friable.

Who is responsible to have the asbestos survey done?

Any person causing or allowing renovation or demolition e.g. property owners/managers, lessors, tenants, contractors, workers, and other involved parties

Do I still need a survey if the building I am working on is only a few years old?

Yes. There is no cut-off date when it is safe to assume that asbestos is not present in building materials. If your building was certified to be built asbestos-free, then this certification may be used as supporting documentation by the AHERA building inspector performing the survey. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, 9 thousand metric tons of asbestos were used in roofing products in the U.S. as recent as the year 2000.

Can I, the contractor, take samples of materials to a laboratory to determine asbestos content?

Only if you are also an AHERA certified asbestos inspector.

Can I treat materials as asbestos-containing, instead of paying to get a survey?

If an asbestos survey is not conducted, building materials that will or may be disturbed must be assumed to contain asbestos. Handling asbestos-containing material must be performed by properly trained and certified asbestos workers and supervised by a Washington State certified asbestos supervisor.

In addition to the training and certification requirements, people handling asbestos would be subject to other regulatory requirements, such as hazard communication, medical exams, and other worker protection issues. Check with the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries for these additional requirements. Although you can assume that materials contain asbestos and follow all asbestos-related requirements, you can never assume building materials do not contain asbestos.

Demolition

Demolition (owner-occupied, single family residence)

The Benton Clean Air Agency’s regulations define a demolition project as the wrecking, razing, leveling, dismantling, or burning of a structure (allowed by permit for fire department training), thereby making the structure permanently uninhabitable or unusable.

Notification Requirements

The Benton Clean Air Agency must be notified at least ten working days in advance, on its agency-supplied forms, of any asbestos project (construction, demolition, renovation, clean-up, repair, or maintenance) and whenever a structure will be demolished. The proper fees must accompany the notification.

Survey Requirements

An asbestos survey is required by the Benton Clean Air Agency prior to any commercial renovation or demolition activities on any structure, vacant or not. The Department of Labor & Industries requires that the survey must be performed by an Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act (AHERA) inspector prior to undertaking a renovation or demolition project.

Removal Requirements

If asbestos containing material is identified by the survey, it must be removed and disposed of in accordance with the Benton Clean Air Agency regulations, by persons appropriately trained and certified by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

Posting Requirements

A copy of the asbestos survey, notification and all amendments to the notification must be posted on-site.

Additional Requirements

In addition to Benton Clean Air requirements, most building departments require a renovation and demolition permit separate from Benton Clean Air’s Notice of Intent.

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has asbestos survey, notification and removal standards (WAC 296-62, 296-65, and 296-155). Click here for link to L & I’s asbestos page. You may also contact L & I by phone: (509) 735-0128.

Renovation, demolition, and construction may be subject to lead regulations. The Washington State Department of Ecology’s web page provides State Lead Regulations and Guidance for rules administered by the Department of Ecology, the Department of Health, and the Department of Labor and Industries and WISHA. In Washington, the Department of Commerce will administer the EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Remodeling rule. Click here for a link to the Department of Commerce’s lead web page.

Homeowners may remove the asbestos provided that they follow proper work practices and dispose of the waste properly.

Renovation

Renovation/Remodel (owner-occupied, single-family residence)

  • An asbestos survey is required prior to performing renovation/remodel activities.
  • If you’re not doing the renovation work yourself, then you must hire a AHERA certified building inspector to conduct the asbestos survey. Check the phone book under “asbestos abatement/consulting/testing.”
  • If you are doing the renovation/remodel work yourself, then you may perform the survey yourself.
  • You should have suspected materials tested for asbestos prior to renovation by submitting a sample for lab analysis. (vermiculite insulation is an exception). o Labs are listed in the yellow pages under Asbestos—Consulting and Testing. Ask a laboratory technician to instruct you how to properly obtain a sample.

How do I determine if a suspect material contains asbestos?

You must have it tested by a laboratory. You can send your sample to an accredited lab, with prices varying between $6 – $25, depending upon the turnaround time. A listing of accredited laboratories can be found here

What to do if it IS asbestos. Don’t panic. There are options.

Notification Requirements

The Benton Clean Air Agency must be notified at least ten working days in advance, on its agency-supplied forms, of any asbestos project (construction, demolition, renovation, clean-up, repair, or maintenance) and whenever a structure will be demolished. The proper fees must accompany the notification.

Survey Requirements

An asbestos survey is required by the Benton Clean Air Agency prior to any commercial renovation or demolition activities on any structure, vacant or not. The Department of Labor & Industries requires that the survey must be performed by an Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act (AHERA) inspector prior to undertaking a renovation or demolition project.

Removal Requirements

If asbestos containing material is identified by the survey, it must be removed and disposed of in accordance with the Benton Clean Air Agency regulations, by persons appropriately trained and certified by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, or by the homeowner for qualifying facilities.

Posting Requirements

A copy of the asbestos survey, notification and all amendments to the notification must be posted on-site.

Additional Requirements

In addition to Benton Clean Air requirements, most building departments require a renovation and demolition permit separate from Benton Clean Air’s Notice of Intent.

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has asbestos survey, notification and removal standards (WAC 296-62, 296-65, and 296-155). Click here for link to L & I’s asbestos page. You may also contact L & I by phone: (509) 735-0128.

Renovation, demolition, and construction may be subject to lead regulations. The Washington State Department of Ecology’s web page provides State Lead Regulations and Guidance for rules administered by the Department of Ecology, the Department of Health, and the Department of Labor and Industries and WISHA. In Washington, the Department of Commerce will administer the EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Remodeling rule. Click here for a link to the Department of Commerce’s lead web page.

Homeowner

Defining the Homeowner in an asbestos situation

An owner-occupied, single-family residence is one that the owner of the home lives in both PRIOR to and AFTER renovation activities.

Owner-occupied, single-family residence doesn’t include:

  • rental property
  • multiple-family units
  • mixed-use structures containing a residential unit(s)
  • structures involved in commercial/governmental related activities (e.g. commercial development, property management, real estate transactions, ordered demolition, etc.)

Asbestos information related to these “commercial” activities, click here.

You have determined that you qualify as an owner-occupied, single family resident.
Are you planning a Demolition or Renovation/Remodel?

Contractors

Commercial Demolition, Renovation and Asbestos

Benton Clean Air Agency has adopted asbestos regulations related to renovation and demolition projects. The following information is a quick overview and is not intended to be a substitute for the current Asbestos Control Standards.

  • Renovation -altering a structure or component in any way other than demolition.
  • Demolition -wrecking or taking out of any load supporting structural member of a facility or intentional burning of a facility (only for fire training purposes).

Notification Requirements

The Benton Clean Air Agency must be notified at least ten working days in advance, on its agency-supplied forms, of any asbestos project (construction, demolition, renovation, clean-up, repair, or maintenance) and whenever a structure will be demolished. The proper fees must accompany the notification.

Survey Requirements

An asbestos survey is required by the Benton Clean Air Agency prior to any commercial renovation or demolition activities on any structure, vacant or not. The Department of Labor & Industries requires that the survey must be performed by an Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act (AHERA) inspector prior to undertaking a renovation or demolition project.

Removal Requirements

If asbestos containing material is identified by the survey, it must be removed and disposed of in accordance with the Benton Clean Air Agency regulations, by persons appropriately trained and certified by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

Posting Requirements

A copy of the asbestos survey, notification and all amendments to the notification must be posted on-site.

Additional Requirements

In addition to Benton Clean Air requirements, most building departments require a renovation and demolition permit separate from Benton Clean Air’s Notice of Intent.

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has asbestos survey, notification and removal standards (WAC 296-62, 296-65, and 296-155). Click here for link to L & I’s asbestos page. You may also contact L & I by phone: (509) 735-0128.

Renovation, demolition, and construction may be subject to lead regulations. The Washington State Department of Ecology’s web page provides State Lead Regulations and Guidance for rules administered by the Department of Ecology, the Department of Health, and the Department of Labor and Industries and WISHA. In Washington, the Department of Commerce will administer the EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Remodeling rule. Click here for a link to the Department of Commerce’s lead web page.

AHERA Building Inspectors

Prior to commencing a renovation or demolition in Benton County the building owner or contractor must obtain a good faith survey for the presence of asbestos performed by an AHERA Building Inspector. The contractors in the list below provide these services. Please keep in mind the list is not exhaustive and there may be others who can perform this type of inspection. If you are an AHERA Building Inspector and want to be added to the list, please call (509)783-1304x4.

Asbestos Contractor & Address Phone

A1 Asbestos LLC

4113 Mission Creek Rd., Cashmere, WA 98815

(509) 782-8889

Asbestos and Mold Solutions, Inc.

1837 Terminal Dr., Richland, WA 99352

(509) 943-1104

Blue Mountain Environmental Consulting Company

125 Main St., Waitsburg, WA 99361

(509) 337-6403

Cliff Thorn Construction LLC

1552 Georgia Ave., Richland, WA 99352

(509) 416-2007

Fulcrum Environmental Consulting

406 N. 2nd St., Yakima, WA 98901

(509) 574-0839

id1, Inc,

79 Lone Ranch Creek Rd., Danville, WA 99121

(509) 779-4171

IRS Environmental

E 12415 Trent Ave., Spokane, WA 99216

(509) 927-7867

PBS Engineering and Environmental

400 Bradley Blvd. Ste 106, Richland, WA 99352

(509) 942-1600

Premier Construction

318 E. 45th Ave., Kennewick, WA 99337

(509) 948-4321

Pro-Con Restoration & Abatement LLC

101904 Wiser Pkwy, Kennewick, WA 99338

(509) 713-0811

RCP Environmental

13828 NW 10th Ct., Vancouver, WA 98685

(360) 787-3682

RH Welch, Inc.

96902 E. Kaitlyn Dr., Kennewick, WA 99338

(509) 851-0771

Specialty Environmental

2626 E. Trent Ave., Spokane, WA 99202

(509) 535-1515

Tektoniks Corporation

306 W. Moore St., Walla Walla, WA 99362

(509) 529-8424

Tri-Valley Construction, Inc.

1008 N. 1st St., Yakima, WA 98901

(509) 452-4098

Washington Asbestos Testing, LLC

11200 Kirkland Way Suite 340 A, Kirkland, WA 98033

(425) 658-7286


If you would like to become an AHERA Building Inspector, please contact a training provider. The training program must be managed by the EPA’s Model Accreditation Program.

Benton Clean Air Agency

Benton Clean Air Agency

Asbestos

Looking for a Contractor?

For a list of AHERA Building Inspectors, click here.

For a list of abatement contractors certified by WA L&I, click here.

For a list of training providers for the AHERA Building Inspector certification, please contact EPA Region 10.

Do Asbestos Rules Apply to My Project?

If you are involved, directly or indirectly, with altering a structure, regardless of its age, in any way, your project is subject to asbestos regulations. This includes wrecking, razing, leveling, dismantling or moving a structure or component of a structure. Home remodeling projects are included, such as re-roofing, re-siding, carpet/tile removal, window replacement, new furnace installation, etc. (View Overview | View Regulation)

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was widely used in building materials for its durability and intrinsic fireproofing characteristics. Asbestos is still used today in some products.

Dangers of Asbestos Exposure

Exposure to asbestos has been linked to cancer and other respiratory diseases, which is why federal, state and local regulations exist-to protect public health from uncontrolled disturbances of asbestos-containing products. Benton Clean Air Agency administers an asbestos program in Benton County.

2013 Requirement to Label Building Materials that Contain Asbestos

Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral fiber. Because of its strength and heat resistance, asbestos has been used in a variety of building construction materials. Today, asbestos-containing building materials are still imported, sold, and used in the United States - despite our knowledge that asbestos is harmful to human health. People using asebestos-containing building materials should avoid creating and breathing dust.

Who is affected by this law?

The law applies to manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors of asbestos-containing building materials.

What does this law require?

Effective January 1, 2014, manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors of asbestos-containing building materials must prominently label both the product and packaging for the following building materials:

  • Any building material naturally containing more than one percent asbestos.
  • Any building material that has any amount of asbestos added to it.

Where does the label need to be put?

Label the product:

  • In a prominent location near the product name or description on the exterior wrapping or packaging in which the product is stored, shipped, and sold.
  • On the exterior surface of the asbestos-containing building material itself, unless it is:
    • sold as a liquid or paste or
    • unless it is sand or gravel.

What must the label say?

At a minimum, the label must state:

CAUTION!This product contains ASBESTOS, which is known to cause cancer and lung disease.
Avoid creating dust. Intentionally removing or tampering with this label is a violation of state law.


What exemptions apply?

Labeling

The labeling requirement does not apply to:

  • Retailers that do not manufacture, wholesale or distribute asbestos-containing building materials
  • Asbestos-containing building materials that:
    • Have already been installed, applied or used by the consumer
    • Are used solely for United States Military purposes
    • Were purchased by a retailer prior to January 1, 2014 (stock-on-hand)

Building materials

The term “building materials” does not include products designed for:

  • Cars
  • Recreational vehicles
  • Boats

Other mobile means of transportation

Dealing with Asbestos

What to do if it IS asbestos. Don’t Panic. There are options.

Leave it alone.

Asbestos is a problem only if fibers are released to the air.

  • Asbestos-containing materials that are in good repair and not being disturbed will not release asbestos fibers.
  • Sometimes, it is possible to work around asbestos without removing it.

For example, rather than removing a sheet vinyl floor with asbestos backing, it may be possible to lay the new sheet vinyl on top of the old, or to install a new ¼ inch plywood underlayment on top of the existing and then the new sheet vinyl. However, if asbestos-containing material is damaged, subject to being damaged, or must be disturbed as part of a remodeling project, then you should repair, encapsulate or remove it.

Repair & Encapsulate.

Sometimes, asbestos can be repaired or encapsulated rather than removed.

  • A few inches of torn, loose or frayed asbestos tape wrap on heating ducts can be sealed with paint or duct tape.
  • Damaged hot water pipe insulation can be covered with a specially designed fabric available at safety equipment stores.
  • Similarly, some asbestos applications that are in good condition can be encapsulated to stabilize them and reduce the likelihood of asbestos releases.

Encapsulation often is the best option when dealing with insulation on heating systems. o Homeowners should be aware, however, that although encapsulation seems like an attractive option, especially when dealing with furnace ducts or spray-on “popcorn” ceilings, there may be less obvious costs and risks involved. o For example, painting may make a future removal much more difficult. It also can cause heavy popcorn applications or popcorn that has been water-damaged to fall off ceilings in clumps.

In cases involving extensive asbestos damage or disturbance, removal may be the more appropriate option.

Removal Options.

As an owner-occupied, single-family residence, there are two legal options when having asbestos removed from your home:

  • Hire a certified asbestos abatement contractor. The law prohibits you from hiring anyone other than a certified asbestos abatement contractor to perform asbestos removal work. These experts are trained to remove asbestos effectively and safely. They also perform air monitoring to ensure that the air in your home meets acceptable standards after the project is completed. Asbestos abatement contractors are listed in the yellow pages; make sure you check that they are certified, bonded, and insured.
  • Do the work yourself. Some projects can be done safely—but only if prescribed work procedures are strictly followed. All asbestos-containing material must be removed and disposed of in accordance with Benton Clean Air Agency regulations.

Some projects, such as the removal of certain types of asbestos insulation on hot water boilers and associated pipe systems, and vermiculite insulation, are very hazardous and should be performed only by an abatement contractor.

  1. Asbestos Forms, Publications & Resources
  2. BCAA Regulation 1

Forms, Publications & Resources

Below is the BCAA form to be submitted prior to renovation or demolition.
Asbestos Notification


Resources

  1. Benton Clean Air Agency Regulation I, Article 8 Asbestos
  2. List of Accredited Labs
  3. EPA’s Asbestos Website
  4. Labor and Industries
  5. EPA’s List of AHERA Training Providers

Publications

Overview of Renovation/Demolition

We always recommend that a professional asbestos abatement contractor perform any of these jobs, however, here are some tips for doing the work yourself.

Flooring Removal for Homeowners

Siding Removal for Homeowners

Popcorn Ceiling Removal for Homeowners

Asbestos Questions

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber that has been used in more than 3,000 different construction materials and manufactured products. It is commonly found in heating system insulation, decorative spray-on ceiling treatments, vinyl flooring, cement shake siding and a variety of additional materials. Some asbestos-containing materials were still being installed into the late 1980s.

All types of asbestos tend to break into very tiny fibers. These individual fibers are so small that many must be identified using a microscope. In fact, some individual fibers may be up to 700 times smaller than a human hair. Because asbestos fibers are so small, once released into the air, they may stay suspended there for hours or even days.

Asbestos fibers are also virtually indestructible. They are resistant to chemicals and heat, and they are very stable in the environment. They do not evaporate into air or dissolve in water, and they are not broken down over time. Asbestos is probably the best insulator known to man.

Usually asbestos is mixed with other materials to actually form the products. Floor tiles, for example, may contain only a small percentage of asbestos.The asbestos content of different materials varies according to the product and how it is used. Among those materials with higher concentrations of asbestos are insulation products on heating Systems and the backing on sheet vinyl flooring. However, an uncontrolled disturbance of any asbestos-containing material in any concentration may be dangerous to your health!

Why is Asbestos a problem?

Breathing asbestos fibers can be dangerous. When disturbed, asbestos breaks down into fibers up to 1,200 times thinner than a human hair. When inhaled, they become trapped in lung tissues. Medical research tells us that up to 30 years after inhalation, asbestos fibers can cause lung cancer or mesothelioma, a related terminal cancer of the tissue lining the chest cavity.

Because asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral and has been so widely used in manufactured products, including automobile brake linings, it can be found almost everywhere. Trace amounts are in the air we breathe every day. Most of us have asbestos fibers in our lungs.

On the other hand, there’s no known safe level of asbestos exposure. That’s why medical, environmental health and regulatory organizations stress the need to protect health by minimizing exposure to airborne asbestos fibers accumulate at elevated levels. Elevated levels result from uncontrolled disturbances and removals of asbestos-containing materials.

Asbestos is not always an immediate hazard. In fact, if asbestos can be maintained in good condition, it is recommended that it be left alone and periodic surveillance performed to monitor it’s condition. It’s only when asbestos containing materials are disturbed or the materials become damaged that it becomes a hazard. When the materials become damaged, the fibers separate and may then become airborne. In the asbestos industry, the term ‘friable’ is used to describe asbestos that can be reduced to dust by hand pressure. ‘Non-friable’ means asbestos that is too hard to be reduce to dust by hand. Non-friable materials, such as transite siding and floor tiles are not regulated provided it does not become friable. Machine grinding, sanding and dry-buffing are ways of causing non-friable materials to become friable.

Asbestos has been identified at my home or business. What are the requirements for removal?

If you decide to have asbestos removed, BCAA strongly encourages you to use a state-certified asbestos abatement contractor. These experts are trained to employ removal techniques that ensure asbestos is effectively and safely removed. They also perform air monitoring to ensure that the air at your business meets acceptable standards after the project is completed. Be aware that during asbestos removal, that there may be subtantial disruption to your business operation due to the potential hazards of exposing your employees and the public to asbestos.

Bonded, insured asbestos abatement contractors are in the yellow pages of your telephone directory under “Asbestos”. Get several bids and check references before making a selection. The contractors should also be able to tell you what kind of disruption to expect.

The asbestos contractor should be aware of the reporting requirements in Benton County. A “Notification of Intent to Remove Asbestos” form, which can be downloaded (PDF or DOC) is required for all asbestos project in Benton County. Once approved, the form allows you to legally remove asbestos and dispose of it at specified asbestos disposal sites. Failure by the contractor to file this form may result in enforcement action being taken against the contractor and/or the business owner.

I am worried there might be asbestos in my home? How can I tell?

Areas to consider looking when identifying asbestos in your home.

Asbestos is only a concern if it is disturbed-that’s when fibers are released into the air. This could occur during a remodel or repair project. The only way to know for sure is to have the material tested. If you are planning a renovation, and doing the work yourself, you may perform your own survey of the structure to determine if it may have suspect asbestos-containing materials.

You should have suspect materials tested for asbestos prior to renovation by submitting a sample for lab analysis. (vermiculite insulation is an exception). Labs are listed in the yellow pages under “Asbestos-Consulting and Testing.” Ask a laboratory technician to instruct you how to properly obtain a sample. Please contact us for further information, or click here.

I meet the criteria of an Owner-Occupied, Single-Family Residence. Prior to my renovation/demolition, do I need a certified AHERA building inspector to inspect the structure?

For demolition, yes. For renovation, no-however, there are specific work practices and disposal requirements you must comply with. Contact Benton Clean Air for further information. Important: Please note that if anyone other than the homeowner will be doing renovation work, the survey must be performed by a certified AHERA building inspector.

How do I determine if a material contains asbestos?

A: You must have it tested by a laboratory. You can send your sample to an accredited lab, with prices varying between $6 – $25, depending upon the turnaround time.

Asbestos was found in my home that I plan to have demolished, can I remove the asbestos myself?

Yes, however, there are specific work practices and disposal requirements. Please contact Benton Clean Air for further information.

I have vermiculite insulation in my attic. Should I remove it?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends it be left alone. Avoid using your attic for occupancy and storage. If you must use your attic, limit the trips to it. If you are planning a remodel, never attempt to remove asbestos vermiculite insulation yourself. For more information, visit EPA’s website on asbestos.

What is an asbestos project?

It is any activity involving the abatement, renovation, demolition, removal, salvage, clean-up, or disposal of asbestos-containing material (ACM) or any other action or inaction that disturbs or is likely to disturb any ACM. It includes the removal and disposal of ACM or asbestos-containing waste material. It does not include the application of duct tape, rewettable glass cloth, canvas, cement, paint, or other non-asbestos materials to seal or fill exposed areas where asbestos fibers may be released nor does it include nonfriable asbestos containing roofing material that will not be rendered friable.

Who is responsible to have the asbestos survey done?

Any person causing or allowing renovation or demolition e.g. property owners/managers, lessors, tenants, contractors, workers, and other involved parties

Do I still need a survey if the building I am working on is only a few years old?

Yes. There is no cut-off date when it is safe to assume that asbestos is not present in building materials. If your building was certified to be built asbestos-free, then this certification may be used as supporting documentation by the AHERA building inspector performing the survey. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, 9 thousand metric tons of asbestos were used in roofing products in the U.S. as recent as the year 2000.

Can I, the contractor, take samples of materials to a laboratory to determine asbestos content?

Only if you are also an AHERA certified asbestos inspector.

Can I treat materials as asbestos-containing, instead of paying to get a survey?

If an asbestos survey is not conducted, building materials that will or may be disturbed must be assumed to contain asbestos. Handling asbestos-containing material must be performed by properly trained and certified asbestos workers and supervised by a Washington State certified asbestos supervisor.

In addition to the training and certification requirements, people handling asbestos would be subject to other regulatory requirements, such as hazard communication, medical exams, and other worker protection issues. Check with the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries for these additional requirements. Although you can assume that materials contain asbestos and follow all asbestos-related requirements, you can never assume building materials do not contain asbestos.

Demolition

Demolition (owner-occupied, single family residence)

The Benton Clean Air Agency’s regulations define a demolition project as the wrecking, razing, leveling, dismantling, or burning of a structure (allowed by permit for fire department training), thereby making the structure permanently uninhabitable or unusable.

Notification Requirements

The Benton Clean Air Agency must be notified at least ten working days in advance, on its agency-supplied forms, of any asbestos project (construction, demolition, renovation, clean-up, repair, or maintenance) and whenever a structure will be demolished. The proper fees must accompany the notification.

Survey Requirements

An asbestos survey is required by the Benton Clean Air Agency prior to any commercial renovation or demolition activities on any structure, vacant or not. The Department of Labor & Industries requires that the survey must be performed by an Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act (AHERA) inspector prior to undertaking a renovation or demolition project.

Removal Requirements

If asbestos containing material is identified by the survey, it must be removed and disposed of in accordance with the Benton Clean Air Agency regulations, by persons appropriately trained and certified by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

Posting Requirements

A copy of the asbestos survey, notification and all amendments to the notification must be posted on-site.

Additional Requirements

In addition to Benton Clean Air requirements, most building departments require a renovation and demolition permit separate from Benton Clean Air’s Notice of Intent.

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has asbestos survey, notification and removal standards (WAC 296-62, 296-65, and 296-155). Click here for link to L & I’s asbestos page. You may also contact L & I by phone: (509) 735-0128.

Renovation, demolition, and construction may be subject to lead regulations. The Washington State Department of Ecology’s web page provides State Lead Regulations and Guidance for rules administered by the Department of Ecology, the Department of Health, and the Department of Labor and Industries and WISHA. In Washington, the Department of Commerce will administer the EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Remodeling rule. Click here for a link to the Department of Commerce’s lead web page.

Homeowners may remove the asbestos provided that they follow proper work practices and dispose of the waste properly.

Renovation

Renovation/Remodel (owner-occupied, single-family residence)

  • An asbestos survey is required prior to performing renovation/remodel activities.
  • If you’re not doing the renovation work yourself, then you must hire a AHERA certified building inspector to conduct the asbestos survey. Check the phone book under “asbestos abatement/consulting/testing.”
  • If you are doing the renovation/remodel work yourself, then you may perform the survey yourself.
  • You should have suspected materials tested for asbestos prior to renovation by submitting a sample for lab analysis. (vermiculite insulation is an exception). o Labs are listed in the yellow pages under Asbestos—Consulting and Testing. Ask a laboratory technician to instruct you how to properly obtain a sample.

How do I determine if a suspect material contains asbestos?

You must have it tested by a laboratory. You can send your sample to an accredited lab, with prices varying between $6 – $25, depending upon the turnaround time. A listing of accredited laboratories can be found here

What to do if it IS asbestos. Don’t panic. There are options.

Notification Requirements

The Benton Clean Air Agency must be notified at least ten working days in advance, on its agency-supplied forms, of any asbestos project (construction, demolition, renovation, clean-up, repair, or maintenance) and whenever a structure will be demolished. The proper fees must accompany the notification.

Survey Requirements

An asbestos survey is required by the Benton Clean Air Agency prior to any commercial renovation or demolition activities on any structure, vacant or not. The Department of Labor & Industries requires that the survey must be performed by an Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act (AHERA) inspector prior to undertaking a renovation or demolition project.

Removal Requirements

If asbestos containing material is identified by the survey, it must be removed and disposed of in accordance with the Benton Clean Air Agency regulations, by persons appropriately trained and certified by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, or by the homeowner for qualifying facilities.

Posting Requirements

A copy of the asbestos survey, notification and all amendments to the notification must be posted on-site.

Additional Requirements

In addition to Benton Clean Air requirements, most building departments require a renovation and demolition permit separate from Benton Clean Air’s Notice of Intent.

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has asbestos survey, notification and removal standards (WAC 296-62, 296-65, and 296-155). Click here for link to L & I’s asbestos page. You may also contact L & I by phone: (509) 735-0128.

Renovation, demolition, and construction may be subject to lead regulations. The Washington State Department of Ecology’s web page provides State Lead Regulations and Guidance for rules administered by the Department of Ecology, the Department of Health, and the Department of Labor and Industries and WISHA. In Washington, the Department of Commerce will administer the EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Remodeling rule. Click here for a link to the Department of Commerce’s lead web page.

Homeowner

Defining the Homeowner in an asbestos situation

An owner-occupied, single-family residence is one that the owner of the home lives in both PRIOR to and AFTER renovation activities.

Owner-occupied, single-family residence doesn’t include:

  • rental property
  • multiple-family units
  • mixed-use structures containing a residential unit(s)
  • structures involved in commercial/governmental related activities (e.g. commercial development, property management, real estate transactions, ordered demolition, etc.)

Asbestos information related to these “commercial” activities, click here.

You have determined that you qualify as an owner-occupied, single family resident.
Are you planning a Demolition or Renovation/Remodel?

Contractors

Commercial Demolition, Renovation and Asbestos

Benton Clean Air Agency has adopted asbestos regulations related to renovation and demolition projects. The following information is a quick overview and is not intended to be a substitute for the current Asbestos Control Standards.

  • Renovation -altering a structure or component in any way other than demolition.
  • Demolition -wrecking or taking out of any load supporting structural member of a facility or intentional burning of a facility (only for fire training purposes).

Notification Requirements

The Benton Clean Air Agency must be notified at least ten working days in advance, on its agency-supplied forms, of any asbestos project (construction, demolition, renovation, clean-up, repair, or maintenance) and whenever a structure will be demolished. The proper fees must accompany the notification.

Survey Requirements

An asbestos survey is required by the Benton Clean Air Agency prior to any commercial renovation or demolition activities on any structure, vacant or not. The Department of Labor & Industries requires that the survey must be performed by an Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act (AHERA) inspector prior to undertaking a renovation or demolition project.

Removal Requirements

If asbestos containing material is identified by the survey, it must be removed and disposed of in accordance with the Benton Clean Air Agency regulations, by persons appropriately trained and certified by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

Posting Requirements

A copy of the asbestos survey, notification and all amendments to the notification must be posted on-site.

Additional Requirements

In addition to Benton Clean Air requirements, most building departments require a renovation and demolition permit separate from Benton Clean Air’s Notice of Intent.

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has asbestos survey, notification and removal standards (WAC 296-62, 296-65, and 296-155). Click here for link to L & I’s asbestos page. You may also contact L & I by phone: (509) 735-0128.

Renovation, demolition, and construction may be subject to lead regulations. The Washington State Department of Ecology’s web page provides State Lead Regulations and Guidance for rules administered by the Department of Ecology, the Department of Health, and the Department of Labor and Industries and WISHA. In Washington, the Department of Commerce will administer the EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Remodeling rule. Click here for a link to the Department of Commerce’s lead web page.

AHERA Building Inspectors

Prior to commencing a renovation or demolition in Benton County the building owner or contractor must obtain a good faith survey for the presence of asbestos performed by an AHERA Building Inspector. The contractors in the list below provide these services. Please keep in mind the list is not exhaustive and there may be others who can perform this type of inspection. If you are an AHERA Building Inspector and want to be added to the list, please call (509)783-1304x4.

Asbestos Contractor & Address Phone

A1 Asbestos LLC

4113 Mission Creek Rd., Cashmere, WA 98815

(509) 782-8889

Asbestos and Mold Solutions, Inc.

1837 Terminal Dr., Richland, WA 99352

(509) 943-1104

Blue Mountain Environmental Consulting Company

125 Main St., Waitsburg, WA 99361

(509) 337-6403

Cliff Thorn Construction LLC

1552 Georgia Ave., Richland, WA 99352

(509) 416-2007

Fulcrum Environmental Consulting

406 N. 2nd St., Yakima, WA 98901

(509) 574-0839

id1, Inc,

79 Lone Ranch Creek Rd., Danville, WA 99121

(509) 779-4171

IRS Environmental

E 12415 Trent Ave., Spokane, WA 99216

(509) 927-7867

PBS Engineering and Environmental

400 Bradley Blvd. Ste 106, Richland, WA 99352

(509) 942-1600

Premier Construction

318 E. 45th Ave., Kennewick, WA 99337

(509) 948-4321

Pro-Con Restoration & Abatement LLC

101904 Wiser Pkwy, Kennewick, WA 99338

(509) 713-0811

RCP Environmental

13828 NW 10th Ct., Vancouver, WA 98685

(360) 787-3682

RH Welch, Inc.

96902 E. Kaitlyn Dr., Kennewick, WA 99338

(509) 851-0771

Specialty Environmental

2626 E. Trent Ave., Spokane, WA 99202

(509) 535-1515

Tektoniks Corporation

306 W. Moore St., Walla Walla, WA 99362

(509) 529-8424

Tri-Valley Construction, Inc.

1008 N. 1st St., Yakima, WA 98901

(509) 452-4098

Washington Asbestos Testing, LLC

11200 Kirkland Way Suite 340 A, Kirkland, WA 98033

(425) 658-7286


If you would like to become an AHERA Building Inspector, please contact a training provider. The training program must be managed by the EPA’s Model Accreditation Program.

Benton Clean Air Agency

Benton Clean Air Agency

Asbestos

Looking for a Contractor?

For a list of AHERA Building Inspectors, click here.

For a list of abatement contractors certified by WA L&I, click here.

For a list of training providers for the AHERA Building Inspector certification, please contact EPA Region 10.

Do Asbestos Rules Apply to My Project?

If you are involved, directly or indirectly, with altering a structure, regardless of its age, in any way, your project is subject to asbestos regulations. This includes wrecking, razing, leveling, dismantling or moving a structure or component of a structure. Home remodeling projects are included, such as re-roofing, re-siding, carpet/tile removal, window replacement, new furnace installation, etc. (View Overview | View Regulation)

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was widely used in building materials for its durability and intrinsic fireproofing characteristics. Asbestos is still used today in some products.

Dangers of Asbestos Exposure

Exposure to asbestos has been linked to cancer and other respiratory diseases, which is why federal, state and local regulations exist-to protect public health from uncontrolled disturbances of asbestos-containing products. Benton Clean Air Agency administers an asbestos program in Benton County.

2013 Requirement to Label Building Materials that Contain Asbestos

Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral fiber. Because of its strength and heat resistance, asbestos has been used in a variety of building construction materials. Today, asbestos-containing building materials are still imported, sold, and used in the United States - despite our knowledge that asbestos is harmful to human health. People using asebestos-containing building materials should avoid creating and breathing dust.

Who is affected by this law?

The law applies to manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors of asbestos-containing building materials.

What does this law require?

Effective January 1, 2014, manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors of asbestos-containing building materials must prominently label both the product and packaging for the following building materials:

  • Any building material naturally containing more than one percent asbestos.
  • Any building material that has any amount of asbestos added to it.

Where does the label need to be put?

Label the product:

  • In a prominent location near the product name or description on the exterior wrapping or packaging in which the product is stored, shipped, and sold.
  • On the exterior surface of the asbestos-containing building material itself, unless it is:
    • sold as a liquid or paste or
    • unless it is sand or gravel.

What must the label say?

At a minimum, the label must state:

CAUTION!This product contains ASBESTOS, which is known to cause cancer and lung disease.
Avoid creating dust. Intentionally removing or tampering with this label is a violation of state law.


What exemptions apply?

Labeling

The labeling requirement does not apply to:

  • Retailers that do not manufacture, wholesale or distribute asbestos-containing building materials
  • Asbestos-containing building materials that:
    • Have already been installed, applied or used by the consumer
    • Are used solely for United States Military purposes
    • Were purchased by a retailer prior to January 1, 2014 (stock-on-hand)

Building materials

The term “building materials” does not include products designed for:

  • Cars
  • Recreational vehicles
  • Boats

Other mobile means of transportation

Dealing with Asbestos

What to do if it IS asbestos. Don’t Panic. There are options.

Leave it alone.

Asbestos is a problem only if fibers are released to the air.

  • Asbestos-containing materials that are in good repair and not being disturbed will not release asbestos fibers.
  • Sometimes, it is possible to work around asbestos without removing it.

For example, rather than removing a sheet vinyl floor with asbestos backing, it may be possible to lay the new sheet vinyl on top of the old, or to install a new ¼ inch plywood underlayment on top of the existing and then the new sheet vinyl. However, if asbestos-containing material is damaged, subject to being damaged, or must be disturbed as part of a remodeling project, then you should repair, encapsulate or remove it.

Repair & Encapsulate.

Sometimes, asbestos can be repaired or encapsulated rather than removed.

  • A few inches of torn, loose or frayed asbestos tape wrap on heating ducts can be sealed with paint or duct tape.
  • Damaged hot water pipe insulation can be covered with a specially designed fabric available at safety equipment stores.
  • Similarly, some asbestos applications that are in good condition can be encapsulated to stabilize them and reduce the likelihood of asbestos releases.

Encapsulation often is the best option when dealing with insulation on heating systems. o Homeowners should be aware, however, that although encapsulation seems like an attractive option, especially when dealing with furnace ducts or spray-on “popcorn” ceilings, there may be less obvious costs and risks involved. o For example, painting may make a future removal much more difficult. It also can cause heavy popcorn applications or popcorn that has been water-damaged to fall off ceilings in clumps.

In cases involving extensive asbestos damage or disturbance, removal may be the more appropriate option.

Removal Options.

As an owner-occupied, single-family residence, there are two legal options when having asbestos removed from your home:

  • Hire a certified asbestos abatement contractor. The law prohibits you from hiring anyone other than a certified asbestos abatement contractor to perform asbestos removal work. These experts are trained to remove asbestos effectively and safely. They also perform air monitoring to ensure that the air in your home meets acceptable standards after the project is completed. Asbestos abatement contractors are listed in the yellow pages; make sure you check that they are certified, bonded, and insured.
  • Do the work yourself. Some projects can be done safely—but only if prescribed work procedures are strictly followed. All asbestos-containing material must be removed and disposed of in accordance with Benton Clean Air Agency regulations.

Some projects, such as the removal of certain types of asbestos insulation on hot water boilers and associated pipe systems, and vermiculite insulation, are very hazardous and should be performed only by an abatement contractor.

  1. Asbestos Forms, Publications & Resources
  2. BCAA Regulation 1

Forms, Publications & Resources

Below is the BCAA form to be submitted prior to renovation or demolition.
Asbestos Notification


Resources

  1. Benton Clean Air Agency Regulation I, Article 8 Asbestos
  2. List of Accredited Labs
  3. EPA’s Asbestos Website
  4. Labor and Industries
  5. EPA’s List of AHERA Training Providers

Publications

Overview of Renovation/Demolition

We always recommend that a professional asbestos abatement contractor perform any of these jobs, however, here are some tips for doing the work yourself.

Flooring Removal for Homeowners

Siding Removal for Homeowners

Popcorn Ceiling Removal for Homeowners

Asbestos Questions

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber that has been used in more than 3,000 different construction materials and manufactured products. It is commonly found in heating system insulation, decorative spray-on ceiling treatments, vinyl flooring, cement shake siding and a variety of additional materials. Some asbestos-containing materials were still being installed into the late 1980s.

All types of asbestos tend to break into very tiny fibers. These individual fibers are so small that many must be identified using a microscope. In fact, some individual fibers may be up to 700 times smaller than a human hair. Because asbestos fibers are so small, once released into the air, they may stay suspended there for hours or even days.

Asbestos fibers are also virtually indestructible. They are resistant to chemicals and heat, and they are very stable in the environment. They do not evaporate into air or dissolve in water, and they are not broken down over time. Asbestos is probably the best insulator known to man.

Usually asbestos is mixed with other materials to actually form the products. Floor tiles, for example, may contain only a small percentage of asbestos.The asbestos content of different materials varies according to the product and how it is used. Among those materials with higher concentrations of asbestos are insulation products on heating Systems and the backing on sheet vinyl flooring. However, an uncontrolled disturbance of any asbestos-containing material in any concentration may be dangerous to your health!

Why is Asbestos a problem?

Breathing asbestos fibers can be dangerous. When disturbed, asbestos breaks down into fibers up to 1,200 times thinner than a human hair. When inhaled, they become trapped in lung tissues. Medical research tells us that up to 30 years after inhalation, asbestos fibers can cause lung cancer or mesothelioma, a related terminal cancer of the tissue lining the chest cavity.

Because asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral and has been so widely used in manufactured products, including automobile brake linings, it can be found almost everywhere. Trace amounts are in the air we breathe every day. Most of us have asbestos fibers in our lungs.

On the other hand, there’s no known safe level of asbestos exposure. That’s why medical, environmental health and regulatory organizations stress the need to protect health by minimizing exposure to airborne asbestos fibers accumulate at elevated levels. Elevated levels result from uncontrolled disturbances and removals of asbestos-containing materials.

Asbestos is not always an immediate hazard. In fact, if asbestos can be maintained in good condition, it is recommended that it be left alone and periodic surveillance performed to monitor it’s condition. It’s only when asbestos containing materials are disturbed or the materials become damaged that it becomes a hazard. When the materials become damaged, the fibers separate and may then become airborne. In the asbestos industry, the term ‘friable’ is used to describe asbestos that can be reduced to dust by hand pressure. ‘Non-friable’ means asbestos that is too hard to be reduce to dust by hand. Non-friable materials, such as transite siding and floor tiles are not regulated provided it does not become friable. Machine grinding, sanding and dry-buffing are ways of causing non-friable materials to become friable.

Asbestos has been identified at my home or business. What are the requirements for removal?

If you decide to have asbestos removed, BCAA strongly encourages you to use a state-certified asbestos abatement contractor. These experts are trained to employ removal techniques that ensure asbestos is effectively and safely removed. They also perform air monitoring to ensure that the air at your business meets acceptable standards after the project is completed. Be aware that during asbestos removal, that there may be subtantial disruption to your business operation due to the potential hazards of exposing your employees and the public to asbestos.

Bonded, insured asbestos abatement contractors are in the yellow pages of your telephone directory under “Asbestos”. Get several bids and check references before making a selection. The contractors should also be able to tell you what kind of disruption to expect.

The asbestos contractor should be aware of the reporting requirements in Benton County. A “Notification of Intent to Remove Asbestos” form, which can be downloaded (PDF or DOC) is required for all asbestos project in Benton County. Once approved, the form allows you to legally remove asbestos and dispose of it at specified asbestos disposal sites. Failure by the contractor to file this form may result in enforcement action being taken against the contractor and/or the business owner.

I am worried there might be asbestos in my home? How can I tell?

Areas to consider looking when identifying asbestos in your home.

Asbestos is only a concern if it is disturbed-that’s when fibers are released into the air. This could occur during a remodel or repair project. The only way to know for sure is to have the material tested. If you are planning a renovation, and doing the work yourself, you may perform your own survey of the structure to determine if it may have suspect asbestos-containing materials.

You should have suspect materials tested for asbestos prior to renovation by submitting a sample for lab analysis. (vermiculite insulation is an exception). Labs are listed in the yellow pages under “Asbestos-Consulting and Testing.” Ask a laboratory technician to instruct you how to properly obtain a sample. Please contact us for further information, or click here.

I meet the criteria of an Owner-Occupied, Single-Family Residence. Prior to my renovation/demolition, do I need a certified AHERA building inspector to inspect the structure?

For demolition, yes. For renovation, no-however, there are specific work practices and disposal requirements you must comply with. Contact Benton Clean Air for further information. Important: Please note that if anyone other than the homeowner will be doing renovation work, the survey must be performed by a certified AHERA building inspector.

How do I determine if a material contains asbestos?

A: You must have it tested by a laboratory. You can send your sample to an accredited lab, with prices varying between $6 – $25, depending upon the turnaround time.

Asbestos was found in my home that I plan to have demolished, can I remove the asbestos myself?

Yes, however, there are specific work practices and disposal requirements. Please contact Benton Clean Air for further information.

I have vermiculite insulation in my attic. Should I remove it?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends it be left alone. Avoid using your attic for occupancy and storage. If you must use your attic, limit the trips to it. If you are planning a remodel, never attempt to remove asbestos vermiculite insulation yourself. For more information, visit EPA’s website on asbestos.

What is an asbestos project?

It is any activity involving the abatement, renovation, demolition, removal, salvage, clean-up, or disposal of asbestos-containing material (ACM) or any other action or inaction that disturbs or is likely to disturb any ACM. It includes the removal and disposal of ACM or asbestos-containing waste material. It does not include the application of duct tape, rewettable glass cloth, canvas, cement, paint, or other non-asbestos materials to seal or fill exposed areas where asbestos fibers may be released nor does it include nonfriable asbestos containing roofing material that will not be rendered friable.

Who is responsible to have the asbestos survey done?

Any person causing or allowing renovation or demolition e.g. property owners/managers, lessors, tenants, contractors, workers, and other involved parties

Do I still need a survey if the building I am working on is only a few years old?

Yes. There is no cut-off date when it is safe to assume that asbestos is not present in building materials. If your building was certified to be built asbestos-free, then this certification may be used as supporting documentation by the AHERA building inspector performing the survey. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, 9 thousand metric tons of asbestos were used in roofing products in the U.S. as recent as the year 2000.

Can I, the contractor, take samples of materials to a laboratory to determine asbestos content?

Only if you are also an AHERA certified asbestos inspector.

Can I treat materials as asbestos-containing, instead of paying to get a survey?

If an asbestos survey is not conducted, building materials that will or may be disturbed must be assumed to contain asbestos. Handling asbestos-containing material must be performed by properly trained and certified asbestos workers and supervised by a Washington State certified asbestos supervisor.

In addition to the training and certification requirements, people handling asbestos would be subject to other regulatory requirements, such as hazard communication, medical exams, and other worker protection issues. Check with the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries for these additional requirements. Although you can assume that materials contain asbestos and follow all asbestos-related requirements, you can never assume building materials do not contain asbestos.

Demolition

Demolition (owner-occupied, single family residence)

The Benton Clean Air Agency’s regulations define a demolition project as the wrecking, razing, leveling, dismantling, or burning of a structure (allowed by permit for fire department training), thereby making the structure permanently uninhabitable or unusable.

Notification Requirements

The Benton Clean Air Agency must be notified at least ten working days in advance, on its agency-supplied forms, of any asbestos project (construction, demolition, renovation, clean-up, repair, or maintenance) and whenever a structure will be demolished. The proper fees must accompany the notification.

Survey Requirements

An asbestos survey is required by the Benton Clean Air Agency prior to any commercial renovation or demolition activities on any structure, vacant or not. The Department of Labor & Industries requires that the survey must be performed by an Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act (AHERA) inspector prior to undertaking a renovation or demolition project.

Removal Requirements

If asbestos containing material is identified by the survey, it must be removed and disposed of in accordance with the Benton Clean Air Agency regulations, by persons appropriately trained and certified by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

Posting Requirements

A copy of the asbestos survey, notification and all amendments to the notification must be posted on-site.

Additional Requirements

In addition to Benton Clean Air requirements, most building departments require a renovation and demolition permit separate from Benton Clean Air’s Notice of Intent.

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has asbestos survey, notification and removal standards (WAC 296-62, 296-65, and 296-155). Click here for link to L & I’s asbestos page. You may also contact L & I by phone: (509) 735-0128.

Renovation, demolition, and construction may be subject to lead regulations. The Washington State Department of Ecology’s web page provides State Lead Regulations and Guidance for rules administered by the Department of Ecology, the Department of Health, and the Department of Labor and Industries and WISHA. In Washington, the Department of Commerce will administer the EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Remodeling rule. Click here for a link to the Department of Commerce’s lead web page.

Homeowners may remove the asbestos provided that they follow proper work practices and dispose of the waste properly.

Renovation

Renovation/Remodel (owner-occupied, single-family residence)

  • An asbestos survey is required prior to performing renovation/remodel activities.
  • If you’re not doing the renovation work yourself, then you must hire a AHERA certified building inspector to conduct the asbestos survey. Check the phone book under “asbestos abatement/consulting/testing.”
  • If you are doing the renovation/remodel work yourself, then you may perform the survey yourself.
  • You should have suspected materials tested for asbestos prior to renovation by submitting a sample for lab analysis. (vermiculite insulation is an exception). o Labs are listed in the yellow pages under Asbestos—Consulting and Testing. Ask a laboratory technician to instruct you how to properly obtain a sample.

How do I determine if a suspect material contains asbestos?

You must have it tested by a laboratory. You can send your sample to an accredited lab, with prices varying between $6 – $25, depending upon the turnaround time. A listing of accredited laboratories can be found here

What to do if it IS asbestos. Don’t panic. There are options.

Notification Requirements

The Benton Clean Air Agency must be notified at least ten working days in advance, on its agency-supplied forms, of any asbestos project (construction, demolition, renovation, clean-up, repair, or maintenance) and whenever a structure will be demolished. The proper fees must accompany the notification.

Survey Requirements

An asbestos survey is required by the Benton Clean Air Agency prior to any commercial renovation or demolition activities on any structure, vacant or not. The Department of Labor & Industries requires that the survey must be performed by an Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act (AHERA) inspector prior to undertaking a renovation or demolition project.

Removal Requirements

If asbestos containing material is identified by the survey, it must be removed and disposed of in accordance with the Benton Clean Air Agency regulations, by persons appropriately trained and certified by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, or by the homeowner for qualifying facilities.

Posting Requirements

A copy of the asbestos survey, notification and all amendments to the notification must be posted on-site.

Additional Requirements

In addition to Benton Clean Air requirements, most building departments require a renovation and demolition permit separate from Benton Clean Air’s Notice of Intent.

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has asbestos survey, notification and removal standards (WAC 296-62, 296-65, and 296-155). Click here for link to L & I’s asbestos page. You may also contact L & I by phone: (509) 735-0128.

Renovation, demolition, and construction may be subject to lead regulations. The Washington State Department of Ecology’s web page provides State Lead Regulations and Guidance for rules administered by the Department of Ecology, the Department of Health, and the Department of Labor and Industries and WISHA. In Washington, the Department of Commerce will administer the EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Remodeling rule. Click here for a link to the Department of Commerce’s lead web page.

Homeowner

Defining the Homeowner in an asbestos situation

An owner-occupied, single-family residence is one that the owner of the home lives in both PRIOR to and AFTER renovation activities.

Owner-occupied, single-family residence doesn’t include:

  • rental property
  • multiple-family units
  • mixed-use structures containing a residential unit(s)
  • structures involved in commercial/governmental related activities (e.g. commercial development, property management, real estate transactions, ordered demolition, etc.)

Asbestos information related to these “commercial” activities, click here.

You have determined that you qualify as an owner-occupied, single family resident.
Are you planning a Demolition or Renovation/Remodel?

Contractors

Commercial Demolition, Renovation and Asbestos

Benton Clean Air Agency has adopted asbestos regulations related to renovation and demolition projects. The following information is a quick overview and is not intended to be a substitute for the current Asbestos Control Standards.

  • Renovation -altering a structure or component in any way other than demolition.
  • Demolition -wrecking or taking out of any load supporting structural member of a facility or intentional burning of a facility (only for fire training purposes).

Notification Requirements

The Benton Clean Air Agency must be notified at least ten working days in advance, on its agency-supplied forms, of any asbestos project (construction, demolition, renovation, clean-up, repair, or maintenance) and whenever a structure will be demolished. The proper fees must accompany the notification.

Survey Requirements

An asbestos survey is required by the Benton Clean Air Agency prior to any commercial renovation or demolition activities on any structure, vacant or not. The Department of Labor & Industries requires that the survey must be performed by an Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act (AHERA) inspector prior to undertaking a renovation or demolition project.

Removal Requirements

If asbestos containing material is identified by the survey, it must be removed and disposed of in accordance with the Benton Clean Air Agency regulations, by persons appropriately trained and certified by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

Posting Requirements

A copy of the asbestos survey, notification and all amendments to the notification must be posted on-site.

Additional Requirements

In addition to Benton Clean Air requirements, most building departments require a renovation and demolition permit separate from Benton Clean Air’s Notice of Intent.

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has asbestos survey, notification and removal standards (WAC 296-62, 296-65, and 296-155). Click here for link to L & I’s asbestos page. You may also contact L & I by phone: (509) 735-0128.

Renovation, demolition, and construction may be subject to lead regulations. The Washington State Department of Ecology’s web page provides State Lead Regulations and Guidance for rules administered by the Department of Ecology, the Department of Health, and the Department of Labor and Industries and WISHA. In Washington, the Department of Commerce will administer the EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Remodeling rule. Click here for a link to the Department of Commerce’s lead web page.

AHERA Building Inspectors

Prior to commencing a renovation or demolition in Benton County the building owner or contractor must obtain a good faith survey for the presence of asbestos performed by an AHERA Building Inspector. The contractors in the list below provide these services. Please keep in mind the list is not exhaustive and there may be others who can perform this type of inspection. If you are an AHERA Building Inspector and want to be added to the list, please call (509)783-1304x4.

Asbestos Contractor & Address Phone

A1 Asbestos LLC

4113 Mission Creek Rd., Cashmere, WA 98815

(509) 782-8889

Asbestos and Mold Solutions, Inc.

1837 Terminal Dr., Richland, WA 99352

(509) 943-1104

Blue Mountain Environmental Consulting Company

125 Main St., Waitsburg, WA 99361

(509) 337-6403

Cliff Thorn Construction LLC

1552 Georgia Ave., Richland, WA 99352

(509) 416-2007

Fulcrum Environmental Consulting

406 N. 2nd St., Yakima, WA 98901

(509) 574-0839

id1, Inc,

79 Lone Ranch Creek Rd., Danville, WA 99121

(509) 779-4171

IRS Environmental

E 12415 Trent Ave., Spokane, WA 99216

(509) 927-7867

PBS Engineering and Environmental

400 Bradley Blvd. Ste 106, Richland, WA 99352

(509) 942-1600

Premier Construction

318 E. 45th Ave., Kennewick, WA 99337

(509) 948-4321

Pro-Con Restoration & Abatement LLC

101904 Wiser Pkwy, Kennewick, WA 99338

(509) 713-0811

RCP Environmental

13828 NW 10th Ct., Vancouver, WA 98685

(360) 787-3682

RH Welch, Inc.

96902 E. Kaitlyn Dr., Kennewick, WA 99338

(509) 851-0771

Specialty Environmental

2626 E. Trent Ave., Spokane, WA 99202

(509) 535-1515

Tektoniks Corporation

306 W. Moore St., Walla Walla, WA 99362

(509) 529-8424

Tri-Valley Construction, Inc.

1008 N. 1st St., Yakima, WA 98901

(509) 452-4098

Washington Asbestos Testing, LLC

11200 Kirkland Way Suite 340 A, Kirkland, WA 98033

(425) 658-7286


If you would like to become an AHERA Building Inspector, please contact a training provider. The training program must be managed by the EPA’s Model Accreditation Program.