Washington Asbestos regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Washington Asbestos: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for asbestos: Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 173-400-075(1)

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Asbestos abatement:

Certification requirements: WAC 296-65-010, WAC 296-65-012, WAC 296-65-017, and WAC 296-65-025

Notification requirements: WAC 296-65-020

Emergency asbestos projects: WAC 296-65-020(5)


Worker training: WAC 296-65-005 and WAC 296-65-010

Supervisor training: WAC 296-65-007 and WAC 296-65-012

Labeling of asbestos-containing building material: Senate Bill (SB) 5458

Workplace safety and health: WAC 296-62-07713 and WAC 296-62-07712

Regulatory Agencies

Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) Asbestos Division

Washington Department of Ecology (WDOE) Air Quality Program

Benton Clean Air Authority

Northwest Clean Air Agency

Olympic Region Clean Air Agency

Puget Sound Clean Air Agency

Southwest Clean Air Agency

Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency

Yakima Regional Clean Air Authority

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Washington has adopted the federal National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPs) that apply to handling, disturbing, removing, and disposing of materials containing asbestos. Asbestos handling in schools and public buildings must be performed in compliance with the federal Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) rules. For details on the asbestos NESHAP and AHERA, see the national section ASBESTOS.

In addition, the state has established requirements for the certification of personnel involved in asbestos projects, as ...

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