In the most recent issue of Builder’s Exchange, a construction attorney in my office (Jim Dixon) and I wrote an article discussing asbestos regulations as they pertain to contractors working at a job site.
The article was intended to raise awareness in the construction industry that contractors can be liable for asbestos violations even if they do not perform asbestos remediation activities. If you are the the prime contractor on a job or even a contractor given supervisory authority, the asbestos notification requirements could apply to both you and the owner of the building equally. Failure to perform the requisite survey or provide the required notice in advance of demolition or renovation work is the most common enforcement action taken by Ohio EPA. As set forth in the article, make sure you verify the owner has complied with the asbestos regulations before starting work at the site.