The EPA is the agency responsible for developing and enforcing regulations necessary to protect the general public from exposure to airborne contaminants. The MAP outlines training requirements and accreditation policies for persons who inspect for asbestos-containing material, design response actions, or carry out response actions.
Here are the common terms that everyone who deals with asbestos must know!
Asbestos-containing material (ACM) – This is any material containing more than 1% asbestos.
Presumed asbestos-containing materials (PACM) – These are materials that have not been tested but
potentially contain asbestos and, therefore, must be treated as ACM until testing can be done.
Friable asbestos material – This is any material containing more than 1% asbestos that, when dry, can be crumbled, pulverized, or reduced to powder by hand pressure.
Non-friable ACM – These are materials in a building containing more than 1% asbestos that, when dry, cannot be crumbled, pulverized, or reduced to powder by hand pressure. A regulated area is an area established by an employer to indicate that it is closed off due to an asbestos release. Each area will be clearly indicated by warning signs.
Competent person – This is a person who has received special training according to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) model accreditation plan (MAP) in order to
Additional Terms to know!
To remove or to reduce asbestos in degree.
Abbreviation for asbestos-containing material, any material containing more than 1 percent
Abbreviation for Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act, which establishes rules and
regulations addressing asbestos-containing materials in schools.
The name of a naturally occurring class of minerals that is mined from the earth, similar to
iron, lead, and copper.
A disease characterized by fibrotic scarring of the lungs.
Abbreviation for the Asbestos School Hazard Abatement Reauthorization Act, which requires
that accredited asbestos removal contractors/supervisors and accredited workers be used to
supervise and carry out certain activities; asbestos-containing material.