Both California OSHA and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) regulate the disturbance, removal and disposal of asbestos-containing materials. However, significant differences between the two agencies exist, and it’s important to know the difference. They are listed below:
SCAQMD Rule 1403
- 1Prior to renovation or demolition, the SCAQMD requires an asbestos survey for ALL structures REGARDLESS OF BUILDING AGE.
- The SCAQMD is relatively active in southern California. They require notification of any abatement project >100 s.f., and will often visit abatement projects at random. Penalties for non-compliance can be severe.
- The SCAQMD does not regulate asbestos at concentrations <1%. (1.0%) .
- The SCAQMD enforces limits on airborne emissions of hazardous dusts and fumes.
- The SCAQMD is a federally funded agency.
Cal-OSHA - Cal Title 8 Section 1529
- Prior to renovation or demolition, Cal-OSHA requires an asbestos survey for pre-1980 construction.
- Routine site visits from Cal-OSHA are rare. They do respond to written complaints, worker injury or death. Like the SCAQMD, OSHA requires notification of any abatement project >100 s.f.
- Cal-OSHA regulates asbestos at concentrations greater than one-tenth of 1% (0.1%).
- Cal-OSHA enforces worker safety rules in California.
- Cal-OSHA is funded by the state of California.