Ohio Asbestos laws & safety compliance analysis

Ohio Asbestos : What you need to know

· Rules. State regulations for dealing with asbestos, including demolition, renovation, and waste disposal, generally follow the requirements of the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for asbestos. For a copy of the notification form for NESHAP demolition or renovation projects, click here.

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Ohio does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program. Consequently, federal occupational safety and health standards govern private sector workplaces in the state. The state has adopted by reference the federal safety and health standards for asbestos in public sector (state and local government) workplaces.

In addition, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has adopted “asbestos hazard abatement” provisions for all levels of work involving asbestos, including licensure, certification, notification, and recordkeeping requirements.

· Administration and enforcement. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) administers and enforces the asbestos requirements for NESHAP-applicable projects and sources. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration administers and enforces federal workplace safety and health requirements in private sector workplaces. The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) administers safety and health rules for asbestos in public sector workplaces. ODH oversees the asbestos hazard abatement requirements.

OAC 3701-34-01

Asbestos hazard abatement activity is defined as any activity involving the removal, renovation, enclosure, repair, or encapsulation of friable asbestos-containing materials in an amount greater than 50 linear or 50 square feet. Asbestos hazard ...

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