2013 Requirement to Label Building Materials that Contain Asbestos
WHY IT MATTERS
Asbestos causes painful, premature death due to asbestosis, mesothelioma, lung and gastrointestinal cancers, and other diseases and cancers.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began regulating asbestos in 1973 and banned most use of asbestos in 1989. However, that rule was overturned a few years later.
Because few regulations exist requiring the disclosure of asbestos in building materials, people can unknowingly be exposed to asbestos.
The purpose of this law is to allow people to make informed decisions about whether to purchase or use building materials containing asbestos.
The 2013 Legislature passed a law that requires labeling for certain building materials that contain asbestos.
Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral fiber. Because of its strength and heat resistance, asbestos has been used in a variety of building construction materials. Today, asbestos-containing building materials are still imported, sold, and used in the United States - despite our knowledge that asbestos is harmful to human health. People using asebestos-containing building materials should avoid creating and breathing dust.
Who is affected by this law?
The law applies to manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors of asbestos-containing building materials.
What does this law require?
Effective January 1, 2014, manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors of asbestos-containing building materials must prominently label both the product and packaging for the following building materials:
Where does the label need to be put?
Label the product:
What must the label say?
At a minimum, the label must state:
What exemptions apply?
The labeling requirement does not apply to:
The term “building materials” does not include products designed for:
Can my business be exempted from this requirement?
Any manufacturer, wholesaler, or distributor may request an exemption from the labeling requirement if labeling is technically infeasible or creates an undue economic hardship. If approved, an exemption may last up to three years.
How do I request an exemption?
To request an exemption, submit an exemption request to Ecology that includes the following information:
When can I request an exemption?
You can request an exemption at any time.
Where do I send my request?
Submit exemption requests to:
Department of Ecology
Labeling Exemption Requests
Building Material Test Results
Ecology will post the results of laboratory tests on building materials.
For more information about this law
Contact Ecology or your local clean air agency for more information.
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