Asbestos is a mineral fiber. The fibers are long, thin, and very strong, yet flexible enough to be woven together. Asbestos has been added to a variety of building materials to strengthen them, provide heat insulation and make them fire resistant. When asbestos fibers are released into the air, as can happen during building maintenance, renovation, or demolition work, people can be exposed to them. This exposure is associated with harmful health effects.
Training and certification are required before conducting most asbestos-related work. The Lead and Asbestos Section administers the Wisconsin asbestos certification program.
An individual who wishes to become certified to conduct asbestos-related work must complete a training course in Wisconsin from an accredited training provider. The Asbestos Certification Disciplines, Fees and Expiration Dates Table lists the specific classes, fees and other requirements for becoming certified in the various disciplines. Certified individuals must work for a certified asbestos company.
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You may now apply online using a Visa or MasterCard credit or debit card. To apply and pay by check or money order, select the appropriate application form below. All applications are processed in the order in which they are received. Incomplete application materials will be returned to the applicant for completion.
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Recent upgrades have made direct, online payment of DHS project notification fees using VISA, MasterCard, and electronic checks possible through ARDN, the Asbestos Renovation and Demolition Notification System of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. To better protect your company's financial information, DHS will discontinue acceptance of faxed or emailed credit card authorization forms effective February 5, 2016.
If you don't already have access to ARDN, you must visit the DNR Switchboard to create a log-in account and request access to the Asbestos Notification system. For assistance with this process, visit DNR Switchboard Help.
If you have ARDN access but need assistance with submitting and paying for DHS notifications, please contact DHS at 608-261-6876.
DHS project notifications can be submitted online or using a written form.
Online Notification: ARDN (login required)
Use this system if you wish to pay using a VISA or MasterCard (credit or debit), or via electronic check. Notifications submitted through ARDN may be revised or canceled directly through ARDN. Note: DHS projects do not require a pre-inspection, but ARDN requires an entry in the "Inspector" field of the notification. Please select "OWNER, TESTED/ASSUMED" from the "Inspector" selection menu in order to proceed with submitting a DHS notification through ARDN if no asbestos inspection was conducted.
Note: A known issue exists when submitting DHS subprojects through ARDN. Until further notice, follow these instructions:
- Enter your DHS subproject notifications into ARDN using the project type "Renovation/Abatement."
- If submitting 2 days or more before the subproject start date ARDN will generate an invoice with a $50 fee.
- DO NOT pay the invoice.
- Send an email to DHSAsbestosLead@wi.gov with subject line: [Planned Renovation Notification ID Number] ARDN Subproject 2 day Notice (example: "16-1664 ARDN Subproject 2 Day Notice").
- If submitting less than 2 working days before the subproject start date ARDN will generate an invoice with a $100 fee.
- PAY the $100 invoice.
- Send an email to DHSAsbestosLead@wi.gov with subject line: [Planned Renovation Notification ID Number] ARDN Subproject Refund Request (example: "16-1664 ARDN Subproject Refund Request").
- DHS will process a $50 refund after verifying the $100 payment for the notification ID number.
Written Notification: DHS Asbestos Project Notification Form (F-00041, Word fillable).
Use this method if you wish to pay using a paper check or money order. This form must be sent via U.S. Mail and postmarked at least 4 working days before the project start date. You may also personally deliver the form to the Asbestos Program, located in Room 139 at 1 W Wilson Street, Madison, WI 53703, prior to setting up to perform abatement. Revisions to or cancellations of asbestos notifications originally submitted using this form may be submitted via fax at (608) 266-9711 or email at DHSAsbestoslead@wi.gov.
You may apply online using a Visa or MasterCard credit or debit card. To apply and pay by check or money order, select the appropriate application form below. All applications are processed in the order in which they are received. Incomplete application materials will be returned to the applicant for completion.
Regulations - State of Wisconsin Statutes and Department of Health Services Administrative Rules.
These directories list companies that offer regulated asbestos services to the public.
- Asbestos Investigators (PDF)
- Asbestos Abatement Contractors (PDF)
- Asbestos Exterior Contractors (PDF)
Asbestos Training - Contact information for asbestos training providers in Wisconsin.
Laboratories - National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) of PLM and TEM test methods.
More about the Wisconsin Asbestos Rule
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The following presentations provide individuals and companies with background information on Administrative Rule DHS 159 (PDF, 362 KB), Certification and Training Course Requirements for Asbestos Activities, a revised rule that became effective on May 1, 2009.
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