Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Both the state and federal government regulate asbestos. The state has its own rules covering asbestos, including demolition and removal projects, that follow the federal requirements under the NESHAP for asbestos. In addition, Louisiana has regulations that require schools and public buildings to identify and abate asbestos problems. Federal OSHA asbestos exposure standards apply to workplaces in Louisiana.
• Administration and enforcement. DEQ enforces the asbestos demolition and removal rules, the asbestos regulations for schools and public buildings, and worker certification requirements. OSHA enforces the federal asbestos workplace standards in Louisiana.
Louisiana's asbestos demolition and removal rules include notification and recordkeeping requirements, a strict emission standard, and disposal regulations, all of which follow the federal provisions under the asbestos NESHAP.
LAC 33:III.2739 and LAC 33:III.2799
All workers involved in asbestos abatement, maintenance activities that disturb asbestos material, or response actions involving major fiber release episodes must be properly trained and certified following the accreditation requirements for asbestos workers in state buildings and school abatement.
Accreditation requirements. Initial training courses and requirements vary depending on the degree of job responsibility and exposure to asbestos. Qualified applicants may apply for accreditation in any of the following disciplines by submitting DEQ's AAC-1 form:
- Inspectors. Inspectors identify and assess the condition of asbestos-containing building material (ACBM), or suspected ACBM. Accreditation ...