Known for its heat- and fire-resistant properties for centuries, the use of asbestos became most prevalent during the urban construction booms of the 20th century. While the naturally occurring, fibrous mineral was lauded for its unique properties, health officials eventually sounded the alarm on its potential to cause serious illnesses in individuals who became exposed. While it's relatively harmless in existing buildings when left alone, the fibers can cause illness when they're disturbed, released into the air, and inhaled. Therefore, federal and state regulations were created around the handling and disposal of asbestos-containing materials (ACM).
The following information provides an overview of Vermont's asbestos regulations, with links to forms and other important documents.
Vermont Asbestos Regulations at a Glance
|Statutes and Codes|
|Asbestos Regulatory Agencies||
|Demolition, Renovation, and Abatement: Permits and Notifications||
Before demolishing or renovating a facility, an asbestos assessment must be completed to determine if there are asbestos-containing materials (ACM). This must be conducted by a Vermont-licensed Asbestos Inspector.
No one may demolish or renovate a facility without first getting confirmation from the facility owner that an asbestos assessment has been completed.
If no ACM are found, the Health Department must be notified 10 working days prior to the demolition.
If ACM are found, and they will be disturbed during the project, then:
|Small Scale Short Duration Activities||
Small Scale Short Duration Activities (SSSD) include any asbestos abatement activity that encompasses up to and including:
All SSSD must be performed by a trained and certified Asbestos Worker or Supervisor. A completed SSSD notification must be sent to the Health Department, using the SSSD Notification Form, within 48 hours of the activity.
Note: Projects divided up into smaller segments are asbestos abatement projects and not small scale, short duration activities.
|Information for Homeowners||
Homeowners are exempt from:
However, homeowners are not exempt from required methods for handling and disposing of ACM. Please contact the Health Department for further information regarding safe methods for the handling and removal of ACM at 802-863-7220 or 800-439-8550 (toll free in VT).
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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