Arkansas Asbestos laws & safety compliance analysis

Arkansas Asbestos : What you need to know

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Arkansas has developed its own asbestos abatement regulations that generally follow the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for asbestos, including demolition, renovation, fabrication, and waste disposal standards. Arkansas also requires asbestos abatement contractors to comply with additional state licensing, work practice, and recordkeeping requirements.

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Arkansas does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program for the state; therefore, private sector employers must comply with federal workplace safety and health standards for asbestos in general industry and construction. There are no state workplace safety and health rules for asbestos in public sector workplaces (state, county, and local government agencies, commissions, and school systems).

Administration and enforcement. ADEQ administers and enforces Arkansas’s asbestos abatement rules. OSHA administers and enforces federal workplace safety and health requirements for asbestos in private sector workplaces.

State Requirements
AR Reg. 21.301

Anyone conducting a demolition or renovation activity or any persons conducting the following activities are subject to the Arkansas asbestos regulations:

  • Inspections
  • Air monitoring
  • Developing management plans
  • Designing and/or conducting asbestos response actions
  • Training
AR Reg. 21 Chapter 4

Facility. A "facility" is defined as any institutional, commercial, public, industrial, school, or residential structure, installation, or building; any ship; and any active or inactive waste disposal site. This includes any structure, installation, or building containing condominiums or ...

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