Virginia Asbestos laws & safety compliance analysis

Virginia Asbestos : What you need to know

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Virginia follows the federal requirements, specifically the asbestos NESHAP, for asbestos management, notification, work practice requirements, and training requirements. However, in selected instances the state requirements may be more stringent that the corresponding federal requirement. In addition, the state charges certification and notification fees and regulates asbestos transportation and disposal.

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Virginia has its own workplace safety and health regulatory program that covers private and public sector workplaces. The state 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. VOSH issues asbestos project permits and enforces all job safety and health rules for asbestos in the workplace. VOSH also has authority to administer the federal NESHAP rules. DEQ enforces the rules for asbestos waste disposal. DPOR, an arm of VOSH, regulates the state's asbestos licensing program.

State Requirements
Licensing Requirements
18 VAC 15-20-10 to 15-20-880

All persons involved in an asbestos abatement project must be properly licensed. Applicants must apply for a license on forms provided by DPOR. The application requirements, training requirements, and qualifications for licensure vary depending on the license being sought.

The types of asbestos license issued by DPOR and those required to be licensed are as ...

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