Illinois Asbestos laws & safety compliance analysis

Illinois Asbestos : What you need to know

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Illinois has incorporated by reference the federal requirements for asbestos management, certification, notification, work practices, and training under the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutant (NESHAP) for asbestos, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. In addition to the federal rules, Illinois has rules regarding asbestos abatement in public and private schools and commercial and public buildings, including inspection, removal, state notification procedures for asbestos abatement, and licensing requirements for asbestos abatement contractors.

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Illinois has not received federal approval to administer its own occupational safety and health rules for private sector workplaces (private businesses and nonprofit organizations); therefore, federal workplace safety and health rules apply in the private sector. The state has received federal approval to administer its own workplace safety and health rules in the public sector (state and local government offices and operations). The state has adopted the federal standard for asbestos exposure in general industry (brake and clutch repair, custodial work, and the manufacture of asbestos-containing products), and the federal standards for protecting the safety and health of public sector employees during asbestos abatement activities (alteration, repair, demolition, renovation, and removal).

Refer to the national section ASBESTOS for further guidance about the federal requirements.

Administration and enforcement. Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) is delegated by EPA to enforce the asbestos NESHAP. Illinois ...


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