Commercial properties have different laws and regulations than regular residential properties. Commercial properties are subjected to strict regulations when dealing with demolition, renovations, and maintenance. Below Asbestos Abatement Services of Utah County will discuss regulations and what to do in certain situations.

Demolition and Renovations

The National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants, also known as NESHAP, have regulations under the Clean Air Act that focuses on demolition and renovations of commercial properties. These regulations require owners of the building to notify state agencies before any renovations or demolitions are completed. This regulation goes for all commercial properties that have asbestos-containing materials or ones that could contain asbestos. Under the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Respond Act, also known as AHERA, all asbestos professionals, must be accredited under certain training programs. States and local agencies may also have even stricter rules on the demolition or renovations of commercial properties that contain asbestos.

Maintenance and Operations

AHERA also states that commercial properties that have non-friable asbestos-containing materials must have an Operations and Maintenance plan in place. This program is implemented to ensure that asbestos-containing commercial properties are aware of the laws and regulations, as well as what to do if the asbestos begins to breakdown and become friable. Once friable, asbestos is a danger to everyone in and around the commercial property.

It is crucial that any commercial property that may have asbestos be tested. An asbestos test and inspection should only be completed by certified and licensed asbestos abatement contractors. This test will determine if your property has asbestos and the severity of the asbestos. Removal of all asbestos-containing materials should be the number one goal in all commercial properties. It is essential to understand the laws and regulations in your area. If you are unsure, contact a certified asbestos abatement contractor. They will be able to assist you with all your asbestos questions and needs.