Once used in a wide variety of industries as a versatile, relatively cheap, fire-resistant material, asbestos also has the potential to cause serious and sometimes fatal illnesses. It is mainly found in older homes, schools, and other structures but typically remains hidden (and thus doesn't pose a threat) unless it is removed and becomes airborne, where it can cause damage after being inhaled. The naturally occurring mineral is no longer used in industry, but continues to be a problem because of its prior use.
Therefore, the handling and removal of asbestos and asbestos-contain materials (ACM) is highly regulated to ensure the safety of both workers and the public in general. The following is an overview of Maryland's asbestos regulations.
Maryland Asbestos Regulations at a Glance
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Asbestos Abatement Contractors - Companies that remove, repair, or encapsulate asbestos-containing materials (ACM) must be licensed to do this work and must be licensed before they do this work. The contractor must submit an application and pay a fee. The license is valid for one year and must be renewed annually.
Asbestos Training Providers - Companies that provide asbestos training must submit an application and pay a fee. Course approvals are valid for one year and must be renewed annually. The following initial and review courses may be approved: worker, supervisor, inspector, management planner, project designer, foreign language worker, and operations and maintenance.
Accredited Persons - Accredited persons who perform any of the activities for which they are trained must carry the Maryland Photo Identification Card. The accredited person must pass an exam administered by MDE and the photo identification card will be issued. The card is valid for one year from the training date.
Asbestos in Schools - Maryland schools subject to the federal Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) are required to have their facilities inspected for asbestos-containing building materials and develop a management plan for handling them. MDE provides technical assistance and compliance inspections in these schools.
Note: State regulations 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.
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