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  1. What is asbestos?

    Asbestos is a name given to a group of naturally occurring minerals. These minerals were added to a variety of products to strengthen them and to provide heat insulation and fire resistance. For more information on what asbestos is refer to the following.

    • The Environmental Protection Agency Asbestos in Your Home Web site.
       
    • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration site Asbestos OSHA Technical Link Page. This page lists contains many other links on asbestos.

  2. Where could asbestos-containing materials be located in my home?

    Asbestos-containing materials can be found in many different locations throughout the home.

  3. How do I know if I have asbestos-containing materials in my home?

    Unless the insulation is labeled as asbestos you can not tell if it is asbestos-containing. To determine the presence of asbestos Ohio law and rules require that persons certified as Asbestos Hazard Evaluation Specialists be used to identify, detect and assess asbestos-containing materials. This list is also available free of charge by contacting Ohio Department of Health Asbestos Program (614) 466-0061. If you decide to sample the suspected asbestos-containing material yourself, there are certain precautions that should be taken. The sample should be taken to an NVLAP Accredited Laboratory for Asbestos Bulk Analysis. These lists are also available through the Department.

  4. I think I have vermiculite insulation in my home, what should I do?

    If you suspect vermiculite insulation is in your home, the safest thing is to leave the material alone. If you decide to remove or must otherwise disturb the material due to a renovation project, the Ohio Department of Health recommends that you first contact an Asbestos Hazard Evaluation Specialist to determine if the insulation is asbestos containing. If the insulation is determined to be asbestos containing then contact a licensed Asbestos Hazard Abatement Contractor in your area. For further information on vermiculite insulation please refer to the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

  5. If I have asbestos in my home, what should I do?

    Even if you have asbestos in your home, this is usually NOT a serious problem. The mere presence of asbestos in a home or building is not a hazard. Asbestos materials may become a hazard when damaged by others (heating & cooling contractors, plumbers, home improvement contractors or even the homeowner themselves) or when they begin to deteriorate. Please refer to the Environmental Protection Agency Asbestos in Your Home Web site.

  6. Where can I get a sample analyzed to determine if I have asbestos?

    To determine the presence Ohio law and rules require that persons certified as Asbestos Hazard Evaluation Specialists to be used to identify, detect and assess asbestos-containing materials. A list may also be requested by contacting Ohio Department of Health Asbestos Program (614) 466-0061. If you decide to sample the suspected asbestos-containing material yourself, there are certain precautions that should be taken. The sample should be taken to an NVLAP Accredited Laboratory for Asbestos Bulk Analysis.

  7. Do I have to remove asbestos from my home if I know that I have it?

    Generally, asbestos-containing materials do not have to be removed from residential property. In fact, asbestos-containing materials do not have to be removed from any residential structures unless they will be disturbed during renovations or demolition activities. As long as the asbestos-containing materials are in good condition and will not be disturbed; they do not pose a significant health risk.

  8. Can I remove the asbestos from my home?

    The Department recommends that a licensed Asbestos Hazard Abatement Contractor perform asbestos removal activities. A list may also be requested by contacting Ohio Department of Health Asbestos Program (614) 466-0061 or by searching your local yellow pages.

  9. Where can I dispose of my asbestos-containing materials?

    Generally, asbestos-containing waste should be taken to a landfill that accepts asbestos waste. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency maintains this list and it can be found at this link List of Landfills that Accept Asbestos. Before you take asbestos to a landfill you should call that landfill to find out if they can accept asbestos waste.

  10. Who can I call to find out more information?

    Contact us, The Ohio Department of Health Asbestos Program at (614) 466-0061 or e-mail us at ASBESTOS@odh.ohio.gov and we will be able to assist you.

 
Last Updated: 9/4/12

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