Massachusetts Asbestos laws & safety compliance analysis

Massachusetts Asbestos : What you need to know

  • Rules. Massachusetts' asbestos practices are generally governed by federal law. The state has been delegated authority by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer and enforce the asbestos NESHAP, the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA), and the Asbestos School Hazard Revitalization Act (ASHARA).
  • In addition, the state has several more stringent requirements. State notification and worker protection requirements are broader than the federal rules and apply to almost all asbestos projects regardless of size. In addition, the state requires asbestos contractors and asbestos workers to be licensed.

  • Administration and enforcement. DEP and DOS jointly administer and enforce the asbestos requirements in Massachusetts. DEP administers and enforces all asbestos demolition and renovation requirements, as well as asbestos waste disposal requirements. DOS administers and enforces the licensing and certification requirements, as well as the worker protection standards.
    Licensing Requirements
    453 CMR 6.03(2) and 453 CMR 6.05
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    No person, firm, corporation, or other entity may enter into, engage in, or work at the business of asbestos abatement unless properly licensed. "Engage in ... the business of asbestos abatement" includes, but is not limited to, advertising asbestos abatement services and/or submitting bids for projects where the majority of the contract value is represented by asbestos work.

    Applicants for a contractor license must submit a completed application and an annual fee of $2,000. An asbestos contractor license is valid for 1 year. Renewal applications should be submitted to DOS no later than 30 calendar days before the expiration ...

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