South Carolina Asbestos laws & safety compliance analysis

South Carolina Asbestos : What you need to know

  • Rules. South Carolina regulates asbestos and workers who handle asbestos in much the same way as the federal regulations. However, South Carolina standards for demolition and removal are stricter than their federal counterparts.
  • South Carolina has adopted the federal standard for asbestos exposure in general industry (brake and clutch repair, custodial work, and the manufacture of asbestos-containing products). 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. South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) regulates demolition and asbestos removal projects and administers licensing procedures for removal contractors. The South Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Administration (SCOSHA) administers the workplace safety and health rules for asbestos in private and public sector workplaces.
  • ASBESTOS ABATEMENT
    Definitions
    R. 61-86.1(I)
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    Regulated asbestos-containing material (RACM). RACM is any of the following:

    • Friable asbestos-containing material (ACM)
    • Category I nonfriable ACM that has become friable
    • Category I nonfriable ACM that will be or has been subjected to sanding, grinding, cutting, or abrading
    • Category II nonfriable ACM that is likely to become or has become crumbled, pulverized, or reduced to powder in the course of demolition or renovation operations

    Asbestos project. An asbestos project is any activity associated with abatement, including inspection, design, air monitoring, in-place management, encapsulation, enclosure, renovation, repair, removal, any disturbance ...


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