ERIC Number: ED309073
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Abestos in Buildings: The State Role.
Neilander, Dennis K.; Sacarto, Douglas M.
State Legislative Report, n13 n8 Apr 1988
The widespread use of asbestos for several decades in building construction has created major public health concerns for state governments. If asbestos is not thoroughly bound in cement, plaster, resin or some other stable material, it will flake and powder, releasing countless microscopic fibers into the air. Asbestos fibers penetrate deep into the respiratory tract and are not readily ejected by the lungs' defense mechanisms. The fibers scar the lung tissues and may cause cancer. This State Legislative Report examines issues confronting states in managing health hazards associated with asbestos materials in buildings. The requirements imposed on states by the 1986 Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) are analyzed. Current federal and state responses to managing asbestos are also discussed. The report emphasizes legislative issues in state accreditation of asbestos professionals, which is mandated by federal law. Accreditation programs were required in most states by August, 1988. (CW)
Descriptors: Air Pollution, Asbestos, Buildings, Cancer, Construction Materials, Government Role, Hazardous Materials, Legislation, Physical Health, Public Administration, Public Policy, State Action, State Government
National Conference of State Legislatures Book Order Department, 1050 17th Street, Suite 2100, Denver, CO 80265 (free to legislative leaders, council and research directors, legislative librarians, and selected groups for each issue).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Conference of State Legislatures, Denver, CO.