Comparison: State vs. Federal
· Rules. Mississippi’s asbestos practices are generally governed by federal law. DEQ has adopted by reference the asbestos NESHAP. Mississippi does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program for the state; therefore, private sector workplaces must comply with federal occupational safety and health standards for asbestos. There are no state or federal laws that govern workplace safety and health in public sector (state and local government operations) workplaces.
In addition to the federal standards, Mississippi has certification requirements for all personnel involved in asbestos abatement projects, and asbestos waste disposal requirements.
· Administration and enforcement. DEQ’s Office of Pollution Control administers and enforces the NESHAP and waste disposal requirements. OSHA administers and enforces federal workplace safety and health requirements in private sector workplaces in the state.
MS Reg. APC-S-10, Sections I to X
The state's Asbestos Abatement Accreditation and Certification Act requires all persons who inspect, prepare management plans, perform as air monitors, act as contractors, project designers, supervisors, and workers in asbestos abatement projects be accredited and certified.
Exclusion. Small-scale, short duration abatement activities may be conducted in school buildings, public buildings, and commercial buildings without utilization of certified inspectors, management planners, project designers, supervisors, air monitors, contractors, and workers.
Qualifications. Each applicant must complete an EPA-approved training course that meets the requirements of the model plan in addition to ...