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Question What state agency must a contractor notify before beginning an asbestos removal project?

Answer The Department of Labor's Asbestos Control Bureau must be notified before beginning an abatement project. The department oversees the abatement of toxic hazards associated with asbestos fiber during the rehabilitation, reconstruction or demolition of buildings and other structures orginally constructed with asbestos or asbestos containing materials. The department enforces the New York State Labor Law and Industrial Code Rule 56. Requirements of this code include the licensing of contractors, certification of all persons working on asbestos projects, filing of notifications of large asbestos projects and pre-demolition survey of buildings to identify any asbestos which may be present to ensure proper abatement of asbestos materials. The Bureau works closely with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and national databases established under the federal National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP), the National Asbestos Registry System, and the Asbestos Contractor Tracking System (ACTS).

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Division of Safety & Health Asbestos Control Bureau

Asbestos Removal Regulations
URL: Control Bureau

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