2013 Requirement to Label Building Materials that Contain Asbestos

The 2013 Legislature passed a law that requires labeling for certain building materials that contain asbestos.

Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral fiber. Because of its strength and heat resistance, asbestos has been used in a variety of building construction materials. Today, asbestos-containing building materials are still imported, sold, and used in the United States – despite our knowledge that asbestos is harmful to human health. People using asebestos-containing building materials should avoid creating and breathing dust.

Who is affected by this law?

The law applies to manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors of asbestos-containing building materials.

What does this law require?

Effective January 1, 2014, manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors of asbestos-containing building materials must prominently label both the product and packaging for the following building materials:

Any building material naturally containing more than one percent asbestos.
Any building material that has any amount of asbestos added to it.

Where does the label need to be put?

Label the product:

In a prominent location near the product name or description on the exterior wrapping or packaging in which the product is stored, shipped, and sold.
On the exterior surface of the asbestos-containing building material itself, unless it is:
sold as a liquid or paste or
unless it is sand or gravel.

What must the label say?

At a minimum, the label must……..

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