Utah Asbestos Regulations

Asbestos is a mineral that, due to its durable and fire-retardant qualities, was previously used in a variety of construction projects. However, exposure to asbestos fibers has been shown to increase the occurrence of some forms of cancer, including mesothelioma.

Utah has many naturally-occurring deposits of asbestos, and the mineral was mined in Utah for many years before its unsafe properties were discovered. Asbestos building materials at job sites also pose a risk to Utah residents and workers, in particular during renovation and demolition. To combat the risks posed by asbestos, Utah has developed environmental regulations to protect individuals from asbestos exposure.

Utah Asbestos Regulations at a Glance

The following chart provides an overview of Utah asbestos regulations, including the key regulatory agencies and asbestos removal regulations.

Statutes

Utah Administrative Code, Rule R307-801, Utah Asbestos Rule

Asbestos Regulatory Agencies

Federal:

§ U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Develops and enforces regulations necessary to protect the general public from exposure to airborne contaminants that are known to be hazardous to human health (See 42 U.S.C. § 7401 et. seq).

§ Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Utah:

§ Utah Department of Environmental Quality Asbestos Program

Asbestos Removal Regulations

The Utah Division of Air Quality (DAQ) requires notification and a waiting period of at least 10 days before demolishing or moving any structure that may be subject to the federal asbestos laws or the Utah Asbestos Rule.

Notice can be provided by submitting a Demolition Notification Form to the Utah DAQ. Asbestos need not have actually been found in the structure in order these rules to apply. Utah asbestos rules apply to commercial structures, and any residential structure or outbuilding of greater than 100 square feet.

Prior to any demolition, you also must have an asbestos inspection report prepared through a Utah certified asbestos company/inspector. Any asbestos found during the inspection must be removed but a Utah certified asbestos company prior to demolition.

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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