Health District

Asbestos

Because of serious health risks associated with asbestos exposure, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established regulations applying to building renovation and demolition in 40 CFR 61, “National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants” (NESHAP). Section 030.107 of the Washoe County Air Quality Regulations incorporates these standards by reference. Renovations and demolitions at commercial, institutional, and industrial structures fall under these regulations. Renovations and demolitions at condominiums with more than four (4) living units fall under these regulations. Renovations and demolitions at apartment complexes with two or more buildings, and single apartment buildings with more than four units, fall under these regulations.

Asbestos Abatement and Removal Services

Asbestos Consulting and Testing Services

Asbestos Frequently Asked Questions

Commercial Property Owners & Property Managers

Under EPA regulations, it is the responsibility of the owner or operator to ensure compliance with the NESHAP asbestos rule. EPA defines the operator as any person who owns, leases, operates, controls, or supervises the facility being demolished or renovated; any person who owns, leases, operates, controls, or supervises the demolition or renovation operation; or both. Therefore, the property owner, property management company, tenant, and contractor are all responsible for ensuring compliance with these rules.

Condominium Association Members         

As per the EPA’s Applicability Determination Index for Condominiums, Co-ops and Lofts (Control Number C71):

 “With regard to work in individual units, the responsibility should be on the condominium or co-op board to ensure that it is notified, in advance, when renovation or demolition involving asbestos will occur within a unit.”

Under EPA’s regulations it is the condominium association’s responsibility to ensure compliance with the Asbestos NESHAP rule. The condominium board is therefore responsible for communicating to each individual unit owner to establish that each unit owner acknowledges and understands their respective responsibility to comply with these rules.

Rental Property Owners & Property Managers

Under EPA regulations, it is the responsibility of the owner or operator to ensure compliance with the NESHAP asbestos rule. EPA defines the operator as any person who owns, leases, operates, controls, or supervises the facility being demolished or renovated; any person who owns, leases, operates, controls, or supervises the demolition or renovation operation; or both. Therefore, the property owner, property management company, and contractor are all responsible for ensuring compliance with these rules.

For All Regulated Facilities

Please use this checklist as a preliminary guide to make sure your commercial and/or industrial building(s) complies with asbestos regulations.

  • An asbestos inspection must be performed on all regulated structures regardless of age before renovation or demolition begins; this includes all tenant improvements, renovations, and demolitions.
  • The inspector must be licensed by the Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
  • Only an asbestos contractor licensed by the Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration may perform asbestos removal.
  • Whenever more than the regulatory threshold of 160 square feet, 260 linear feet, or 35 cubic feet (160 ft2/260 ft/35 ft3) of regulated asbestos-containing material (RACM) will be abated or disturbed in a regulated structure/facility, a NESHAP Notification of Asbestos Abatement form must be submitted to Washoe County Air Quality Management Division (AQMD) at least 10 working days before abatement begins.
  • If RACM is to be abated or disturbed in a regulated structure/facility from which more than 160 ft2 /260 ft / 35 ft3 of RACM has been previously abated in the same calendar year, then a NESHAP Notification of Asbestos Abatement will be required regardless of the amount to be abated.
    • For example, if 170 square feet of RACM has been removed from a regulated structure/facility on March 1, 2017, and 40 square feet of RACM will be abated on December 2, 2017, then a NESHAP Notification of Asbestos Abatement must also be submitted for the work scheduled for December 2, 2017, even though less than 160 ft2 will be disturbed.

For questions regarding demolition or renovation activities involving the presence of asbestos-containing materials, contact the AQMD at (775) 784-7200 or send an e-mail to aqmdpermitting@washoecounty.us.

Forms and Applications:
https://www.washoecounty.us/health/programs-and-services/air-quality/Forms_and_Applications.php.

EPA has more information on asbestos, including operations and maintenance guidance for building owners, at: http://www2.epa.gov/asbestos

It is also recommended that you contact the State of Nevada OSHA regarding their requirements for the disturbance of asbestos containing materials: http://dir.nv.gov/OSHA/Home/.

Last modified on 09/19/2018

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