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Effective January 1, 2018, the Ohio Department of Health’s asbestos program will be transferred to the Ohio EPA’s Division of Air Pollution Control. To learn about the upcoming changes and implementation of the new notification submittal process for RAPCA’s 6-county area, please view the document below. pdf RAPCA Asbestos Outreach (195 KB)

Asbestos is the name given to a group of minerals that occur naturally in the environment as bundles of fibers that can be separated into thin, durable threads. These fibers are resistant to heat, fire, and chemicals and do not conduct electricity. For these reasons, asbestos has been used widely in many industries, including the building and construction industries for roofing, fireproofing, sound absorption and thermal system insulation.  Asbestos has also been used in other building materials such as ceiling and floor tiles, adhesives, leveling compounds, drywall joint compound, plaster, pipe insulation, and cement board siding and shingles.

People may be exposed to asbestos if asbestos containing products are disturbed and tiny asbestos fibers are released into the air. When asbestos fibers are breathed in, they may get trapped in the lungs and remain there for a long time. Over time, these fibers can accumulate and cause scarring and inflammation, which can affect breathing and lead to serious health problems, including cancer.

RAPCA enforces federal, state, and local asbestos regulations to protect the public from asbestos fibers that may become airborne if strict adherence to regulations is not followed when a building is being renovated or demolished.

Owners and/or contractors are required to comply with asbestos regulations. Before any type of renovation or demolition project is to begin, you must determine if it is subject to the asbestos regulations.

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FAQ

Common Questions

Is my project subject to asbestos regulations?

Your project is subject to the asbestos regulations if either one of the following conditions applies:

  1. Your structure is considered a facility, as defined by Ohio Administrative Code Rule (OAC) 3745-20-01(B)(18), and meets the definition of a “renovation” or “demolition” activity, as defined by OAC 3745-20-01(B)(13) and (44), OR
  2. Your project is subject to the pdf Montgomery County Asbestos Regulations (7.87 MB)  (Rule 150), which includes smaller buildings, including residential structures with 50 feet or more of regulated asbestos containing materials. Please use the pdf residential flow chart (238 KB)  to determine applicability of structures within Montgomery County.

What do I need to do if my project is subject to the asbestos regulations?

If your project is subject to the asbestos regulations, you are required to do three things:

  1. Have a thorough asbestos survey performed on the facility by a licensed asbestos hazard evaluation specialist (AHES).
    AND
  2. Submit a Notification of Demolition and Renovation form to Ohio EPA electronically using Ohio EPA’s eBusiness Center or a hard copy can be mailed to Ohio EPA at the following address:

    Asbestos Program
    Ohio EPA, DAPC
    P.O. Box 1049
    Columbus, OH 43216-1049

    Electronic notifications will be issued an Ohio EPA notification number at the time of submittal while hard copy notifications will not be given a notification number until they are received and process by Ohio EPA Central Office staff.

    Local fees apply to all projects located within Montgomery County (view Local Fee Schedule- link to fee schedule pdf). Local fees can be paid by check or credit card. Checks can be mailed, or hand delivered, to the address below. Be sure to include a hard copy of the notification. If the notification was submitted electronically, include the Ohio EPA notification number. If a hard copy notification was mailed to Ohio EPA, RAPCA will add the notification number upon processing at Ohio EPA.

    RAPCA
    Attn: Asbestos Fees
    117 S. Main Street
    Dayton, OH 45422

    Credit card payment can be made online or by calling RAPCA directly and pay over the phone. Credit card payments require an Ohio EPA notification number and are subject to an additional 4.5% charge.

    Notification forms are required to be submitted at least ten (10) working days prior to the start of any asbestos abatement or demolition activities.

    AND

  3. Have all regulated asbestos removal projects performed by a licensed asbestos abatement contractor in accordance with all applicable federal, state and local regulations. Please note that notification is required for the demolition of a facility even if no asbestos is present.

Special Notice: In November, 2010, RAPCA pdf issued a letter (65 KB) clarifying the regulations regarding demolition of multiple residential structures for urban renewal projects.

     
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