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Asbestos Statutes and Rules

Training and Certification

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) administers Wis. Admin. Code ch. DHS 159, Certification and Training Course Requirements for Asbestos Activities. The rule requires that people conducting regulated asbestos activities in Wisconsin be trained, individually certified, and associated with a certified company. The rule can be read on the Wisconsin State Legislature website.

Wis. Stat. ch. 254, Environmental Health, describes public health and other responsibilities for certification of persons engaged with asbestos abatement and management activities. The statute can be read on the Wisconsin State Legislature website.

Read the Asbestos Certification Program's 2016 Report, P-02041 (PDF) to learn about the work we did in 2016 to keep Wisconsin residents safe from asbestos hazards.


Other Asbestos Regulations

The following agencies administer other major asbestos regulations:

Select the regulation you are interested in to find a link to it as well as resources related to the agency administering it.

The City of Milwaukee has a municipal ordinance that regulates asbestos activities within its limits.

Chapter 66, Toxic and Hazardous Substances

Environmental Inspection Section, Milwaukee Department of Neighborhood Services

In Wisconsin, the DNR administers the EPA's National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) requirements.

Wis. Admin. Code ch. NR 447, Control of Asbestos Emissions

Air Management Program, Wisconsin DNR

In Wisconsin, the DSPS regulates occupational safety and health standards for public employees.

Wis. Admin. Code ch. SPS 332, Public Employee Safety and Health

Public Sector Employee Safety Program, Wisconsin DSPS

The EPA requires local education agencies to inspect school buildings for asbestos-containing material, prepare plans for managing asbestos, and take actions to prevent or reduce asbestos hazards.

40 CFR Part 763, Subpart E, Asbestos-Containing Materials in Schools

Asbestos | EPA

The U.S. EPA regulates work practices for asbestos that must be followed during demolitions and renovations of certain buildings and structures. Notification to the appropriate state agency (in Wisconsin, the DNR), prevention of visible emissions, and waste handling requirements are included in this regulation.

40 CFR Part 61, National Emissions Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP)

OSHA enforces standards intended to protect workers from exposure to asbestos hazards.

29 CFR 1926.1101, Safety and Health Regulations for Construction, Toxic and Hazardous Substances, Asbestos Standard

Asbestos Standard for the Construction Industry, OSHA informational booklet

OSHA enforces standards relating to respiratory protection for employees.

29 CFR 1910.134 Occupational Safety and Health Standards, Personal Protective Equipment, Respiratory Protection Standard

Respiratory Protection | OSHA Safety and Health Topics

Last revised February 22, 2021