Important Resources for Asbestos Information
As per the EPA, contact your state asbestos contact if you suspect there is asbestos present in your home or workplace.
Some states participate in the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) to protect schools from asbestos. Some contacts have AHERA designation.
Other state contacts are designated as National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) contacts to monitor hazardous air pollutants.
- Don Barron (NESHAP): 334-271-7879
- Ashley Chambers: 205-348-9761
- Brian Jones: 602-771-2333, [email protected]
- Stuart Spencer (NESHAP): 501-682-0750, [email protected]
- Torrence L. Thrower (NESHAP): 501-682-0718, [email protected]
- Jeff Ferrell: 916-574-2993, [email protected]
- Allison Sullivan: 860-509-8140, [email protected]
- Laschone Garrison (AHERA): 860-509-8133, [email protected]
District of Columbia
- Kasandra Broadnax: [email protected]
- Stacey Buccieri (Contractor Licensing Board): 850-717-1398
- Pawan Subramaniam: 850-717-9033, [email protected]
- Jennifer Vogel (NESHAP): 404-363-7026, [email protected]
- Tom Lileikis ( AHERA/NESHAP): 808-586-5800, [email protected]
- Justin DeWitt (AHERA): 217-782-5830, [email protected]
- Peter Brusky (NESHAP only): 217-524-6801, [email protected]
- Linda Williams (Training Course Providers): 317-232-4861, [email protected]
- John Clevenger (NESHAP): 317-233-6880, [email protected]
- Dan Stamatkin (AHERA): 317-232-8223, [email protected]
- Tom Wuehr (NESHAP): 515-725-9576, [email protected]
- Philip Schlaman (NESHAP): 785-296-1549, [email protected]
- Jennifer Spradlin (AHERA/NESHAP): 502-564-3999 ext. 4452, [email protected]
- Sheryl Grimmer: 225-219-1665, [email protected]
- Lorraine Anderson (NESHAP): 410-537-3200, [email protected]
- Karen Kajiya-Mills (NESHAP): 517-284-6780, [email protected]
- Fred Kirkland (AHERA): 517-284-7680, [email protected]
- Colin Boysen: 507-206-2644, [email protected]
- Danny Jackson (NESHAP): 601-961-5225, [email protected]
- Stan Payne (NESHAP): 573-751-4817, [email protected]
- Montana Department of Environmental Quality: 406-444-5300, [email protected]
- Doug Gillespie: 402-471-0548, [email protected]
- John Hutchison: 702-486-9000, [email protected]
- Anne Keach (AHERA): 603-271-4555, [email protected]
- Tom Livingston (NESAHP): 603-271-5891, [email protected]
- Ben Giorgi (Licensing): 603-271-4609, [email protected]
- New Mexico Air Quality Bureau Asbestos Hotline: 1-800-224-7009, [email protected]
- Gary Centifonti (AHERA/NESHAP): 609-826-4950, [email protected]
- James Meacham (AHERA/NESHAP): 518-457-1255, [email protected]
- Karen Cummings (training questions): 518-402-7940, [email protected]
- Edward Norman (AHERA/NESHAP): 919-707-5950, [email protected]
- Mark Needham: 614-466-0061, [email protected].
- Trey Palmer: 405-702-4100, [email protected]
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
- Asbestos Coordinator (Portland Office) Hillarie Sales: 503-229-5448 or 800-452-4011 x5448, [email protected]
- Western Region (Salem Office) Dottie Boyd: 503-378-5086 or 800-349-7677
- Western Region (Medford Office) Steven Croucher: 541-776-6107 or 877-823-3216
- Western Region (Coos Bay Office) Martin Abts: 541-269-2721, ext. 222
- Eastern Region (Bend Office) Frank Messina: 541-633-2019 or 866-863-6668
- Eastern Region (Pendleton Office) Tom Hack: 541-278-4626 or 800-304-3513
- Lane Regional Air Protection Agency: 541-736-1056
- Christina Slaybaugh (State Certification office – PADOLI): 717-772-3396, [email protected]
- Craig Evans (PADEP NESHAP): 717-772-3995, [email protected]
- Shannon Sandberg (Allegheny County NESHAP): 412-578-7969, [email protected]
- Richard Annunziato (Philadelphia Air Management NESHAP): 215-685-7576, [email protected]
- Bonnie Cassani-Brandt: 401-222-7784, [email protected]
- Helga Ferreira (AHERA): 401-222-7750, [email protected]
- Jennifer Lynn Boryk: 803- 898-2634, [email protected]
- Randall Harrison (NESHAP): 615-532-6828, [email protected]
- Adrianne White: 615-532-0885, [email protected]
- Amy Danielson: 802-865-7784, [email protected]
- Board of Asbestos: Lead and Home Inspectors, 804-367-8595
- Ronald Graham (NESHAP): 804-786-0574, [email protected]
- Vijay Ramnarain: 804-225-2774, [email protected]
- Herb Hilleary (AHERA): 304-356-4274, [email protected]
- Michelle Cochran: 304-356-4299, [email protected]
- Jeff Hedgecock (NESHAP): 304-926-0499 ext. 1252, [email protected]
- Jesse Adkins: 304-926-0499 ext. 1240, [email protected]
- Shelley Bruce: 608-267-0928, [email protected]
- David Schmitt (AHERA): 608-576-3729, [email protected]
- Mark Davis (NESHAP): 608-219-4251, [email protected]
- Linda Dewitt: 307-777-7394, [email protected]
What Should I Do if I Have Asbestos in My Home or Workplace?
Although the dangers of asbestos have been known since the early 1980s, millions of buildings and vehicles contain the deadly material to this day.
Asbestos is incredibly dangerous. When inhaled or swallowed, asbestos fibers can stick to the linings of organs and irritate healthy tissue for decades. This can cause victims to develop deadly cancers like mesothelioma long after initial asbestos exposure.
Did You Know? According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there is no safe amount of asbestos exposure. It is imperative that you take action to protect yourself and quickly remove dangerous asbestos.
Fortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can help you connect with professionals who can remove dangerous asbestos-based products.
Asbestos in the Home
If you believe there is asbestos in your home, do not try to handle or remove it yourself. Doing so may cause asbestos fibers to fly into the air, putting everyone at risk of developing an asbestos-related disease.
According to the EPA, asbestos-based products that are undisturbed and not damaged usually do not pose a health risk and can be left alone until removal.
The EPA suggests hiring an inspector if you believe asbestos in your home could be dangerous. Inspectors can recommend the next steps to keep you and your family safe.
Asbestos in the Workplace
If you believe there is asbestos in your workplace, contact your supervisor. The building or worksite should be inspected to see if asbestos-based products are indeed present and if they should be removed.
Those in the construction, automotive, and shipyard industries may have an increased risk of exposure. OSHA set standards in place to protect workers from exposure such as requiring employers to regulate high exposure areas, provide personal protective equipment, and more. Make sure your workplace is following all asbestos safety guidelines.
Hiring Asbestos Inspectors and Removal Contractors
There are two different types of asbestos contractors: inspectors and removal contractors. An asbestos inspector will extract samples of the area to determine if and how the material needs to be removed. An asbestos contractor physically removes the asbestos in an area.
The EPA recommends that homeowners work with accredited professionals when inspecting their homes for asbestos. Accredited professionals are trained in removal and can help you remove asbestos in your home.
Federal law does not require any inspectors or removal contractors to be accredited, but some states do.
How to Hire a Professional Asbestos Inspector
An inspector can confirm the presence of asbestos in a building. This is the first step that should be taken if you suspect asbestos in your home or workplace.
An asbestos inspector will safely collect a sample of an area or product to test it in a laboratory. If the inspector finds that your home has an asbestos problem, they will provide you with a report detailing the next steps that should be taken to protect everyone in the area.
How to Hire an Asbestos Removal Contractor
An asbestos removal specialist physically repairs or gets rid of areas and products that contain asbestos. A removal specialist is typically hired after an inspector finds asbestos in the area.
Did You Know? The EPA suggests that homeowners should ensure asbestos removal contractors adhere to a written contract outlining the work being done in the home.
The EPA also recommends that homeowners monitor contractors to make sure the contractor is not spreading asbestos fibers while working, properly disposes of removal tools and clothing, and more. Learn more about ensuring safe practices for asbestos removal contractors on the EPA website.
Most states also run their own asbestos programs that can offer more help to citizens. Access the EPA’s full list of asbestos contacts by state.
What Should I Do if My Car Contains Asbestos?
Some older car brake pads, brake linings, clutch facings, and gaskets were also made with asbestos.
If you believe your car contains asbestos, the EPA recommends that you should only get the parts replaced or repaired by automotive shops that follow OSHA safety regulations. These regulations are set to keep you and the repair person safe from asbestos exposure.
When searching for a repair shop to replace your car’s parts, be sure to ask about their safety practices for asbestos-containing products.