Property Managers and Condominium Association Members
Are you or your unit owners planning to renovate?
The Asbestos NESHAP (National Emissions Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants) applies to you!
Why does this apply to us? The U.S. EPA has determined that it is the responsibility of the condominium board or association to ensure that all rules are followed. Condominiums are regulated by the Asbestos NESHAP.
What is it? Asbestos is a natural mineral known to have been used extensively in insulation, fireproofing, sound proofing, and other building materials.
I thought they stopped using it! Asbestos is still being manufactured and used today and can be found in many materials. Exposure to asbestos fibers (due to mishandling) has been linked to asbestosis (a scarring of lung tissue), lung cancer, and mesothelioma (cancer of the lining of the chest cavity).
How is it regulated? Pinellas County Air Quality, through partnerships with the State of Florida and the U.S. EPA, provides regulatory guidance to the community. Air Quality performs inspections of asbestos projects to ensure that required work practices are being followed. In this way, we minimize contamination to the outdoor air to protect the health of our community.
How do we know if we have asbestos? An asbestos survey must be completed for all areas that are being renovated or demolished. The survey must be performed by a licensed asbestos consultant. It’s the law. Keep this survey in an accessible place at all times.
The Board (or residents) are planning renovation or demolition activity. Now what? Here is a checklist that will help you comply with asbestos regulations and further protect your health:
- An asbestos survey must be performed prior to any activity affecting individual units or common areas, including external surfaces.
- Only a State of Florida licensed consultant can perform an asbestos survey.
- The asbestos survey must be kept on site during any renovation or demolition activity which disturbs building materials.
- In most circumstances, only a State of Florida licensed asbestos contractor can perform asbestos removal.
- Asbestos Notification Requirements
Typical Suspect Asbestos
Duct work connections
Fire doors/Fire proofing materials
Exterior building coatings/panels
High temperature gaskets
Mastic (floor, tile, carpet, cove base, mirror, etc.)
Popcorn/textured ceiling treatment
Spray applied insulation
Textured paints and coatings
Vinyl sheet flooring/rolled vinyl floors
Vinyl wall or floor coverings
*This list is not all-inclusive. Additional suspect materials may exist.
(Over 3,000 products have been found to contain asbestos)
Do you have asbestos in your buildings?
Because of serious health risks associated with asbestos exposure, the U.S. EPA, U.S. Department of Labor (OSHA) and the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) have established regulations which apply to building renovation and demolition activities.
And remember... The U.S. EPA has determined that it is the responsibility of your condominium board or association to ensure that all applicable rules are followed.
Asbestos Rules: 40 CFR 61 Subpart M and Pinellas County Code 58-146.
If you have questions about asbestos, please contact our office at (727) 464-4422.