EPA or OSHA workers regulations
EPA or OSHA workers regulations

EPA or OSHA?

People ask “which agency is responsible for asbestos regulations?”  The answer is “Both”.The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1982 was charged protecting the environment from asbestos in K-12 schools nationwide in the USA. Prior to that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) had developed regulations to protect Manufacturing employees.  Later, OSHA promulgated regulations for the construction industry as well, which affect all employees.The EPA regulations require training for workers and specify responsibilities for local education agencies (LEA’s) and public building owners while OSHA regulations are primarily directed towards employer responsibilities.  While there may be some overlap in the requirements, all must be addressed in order to comply.

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