Maryland Asbestos laws & safety compliance analysis

Maryland Asbestos : What you need to know

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. In Maryland, asbestos abatement is regulated according to federal NESHAP rules and additional state asbestos abatement rules. The state rules include notification procedures, certification, training, and licensing requirements for asbestos abatement contractors and others involved in asbestos-related occupations, as well as provisions for the disposal of asbestos.

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Maryland has adopted the federal standard for asbestos exposure in general industry (brake and clutch repair, custodial work, and the manufacture of asbestos-containing products) workplaces. The state has adopted the federal standards for protecting the safety and health of employees during asbestos abatement activities (alteration, repair, demolition, renovation, and removal) by reference.

Administration and enforcement. MDE’s ARMA administers and enforces the asbestos program in Maryland. MDE’s WAS issues permits for landfills to accept asbestos-containing waste. MOSH administers the workplace safety and health rules for asbestos in private and public sector workplaces in the state.

State Requirements

In Maryland, an asbestos project is defined as any activity involving the demolition, renovation, or encapsulation of friable (i.e., crumbly) asbestos materials.

To determine whether your project is regulated by the state's asbestos rules, contact MDE, which will make a determination in writing no later than 30 days after it has received a written request. The request must describe:

  • Asbestos-containing materials (ACM)
  • Proposed project
  • People involved
Licensing Requirements

Any business and public entity must be licensed by ARMA before engaging ...

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