Missouri Asbestos Regulations

What is Asbestos and Why is it Regulated?

Early on, asbestos was thought to be a harmless, naturally occurring mineral fiber with a number of amazing properties for building and otherwise. Some of these properties include being fire and heat resistant. Yet, as we now know, asbestos is not as harmless as it seems. In fact, when it becomes airborne, it can be deadly to humans. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service has classified asbestos as a human carcinogen causing numerous health problems such as lung cancer and mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer.

Asbestos is regulated in many different areas, most notably in demolition of certain dwellings or structures and in the workplace (such as in the maritime, construction, manufacturing, and service industries). A prominent case of work-related asbestos exposure occurred during the rescue, recovery, and cleanup of the World Trade Center (WTC) in New York City after the September 11th attacks on the United States. Workers in these areas are at risk of developing an asbestos-related disease, according to studies.

Missouri Asbestos Regulations Overview

You will find a chart below with important information regarding Missouri’s asbestos regulations including what types of activities are controlled, where to find an asbestos inspector, and much more. Remember, if you are concerned about asbestos exposure in the workplace or have other safety concerns, do not hesitate to contact a lawyer in your area to learn more.

Missouri State Statute

Asbestos Regulatory Agencies

Federal:

Missouri State:

Projects Requiring Asbestos Inspections

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources must be notified about all projects in regulated buildings where the structure is:
  • greater than 160 square feet,
  • 260 linear feet, or
  • 35 cubic feet

List of Certified Asbestos Inspectors

If you are considering demolishing or renovating a regulated structure, it must first be thoroughly inspected by a Missouri certified asbestos inspector to determine if any asbestos-containing materials are present.

Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

Missouri Codes and Court of Appeals Opinions

Additional Resources for Missouri Asbestos Regulations

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Any exposure to asbestos can be harmful to your health. While there is no known cure for certain types of cancers related to asbestos exposure, there are legal options available to you, should you or someone you loved be impacted by this toxic material. If you have legal questions, your best bet is to speak with a skilled Missouri accident and injury attorney now at no obligation and get a free claim review.

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