Missoula Technology and Development Center Facilities Toolbox: Hazardous Substances in Buildings
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Photo closeup view of asbestos fibers
Magnified Asbestos Fibers

Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring mineral fibers used in many building materials, especially those manufactured before 1980. Its use is not entirely banned, so you still may find it in commercially available products. Asbestos causes serious diseases, including cancer, of the lungs and other abdominal organs. Working with asbestos-containing materials (ACM)is highly regulated to minimize occupational disease and environmental contamination.

Must Forest Service buildings be inspected for asbestos?

Who can inspect the building?

What's the difference between friable and non-friable asbestos?

I have asbestos in my building. Now what?

Can Forest Service employees remove asbestos or work with it?

Can I sell or excess a building that contains asbestos?

I want to demolish a building that contains asbestos. What must I do?

Can I burn a building with asbestos?

What about mobile homes?

What about vermiculite?


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