What does South Carolina state law say about asbestos exposure?

Before anyone was aware of the health hazards, asbestos was a highly valued substance used in a variety of industries. Although it is now banned for most new uses, there is no escaping the centuries of use that can still be found in office buildings, homes and even vehicles. South Carolina has laws that are intended to minimize the risk of asbestos exposure when dealing with or removing this toxic substance.

South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control requires all workers involved with asbestos abatement to receive necessary training and be licensed. Having well-trained workers can minimize the risk of exposure to both themselves, innocent bystanders and the community at large. Facilities that are slated for demolition or renovation also have to¬†undergo inspections for asbestos¬†before any work can begin.

Like with almost all rules, there are a few exceptions within state law. Both residential housing that has four or fewer units and individual homes are exempt from the inspection process for renovations and demolition. However, individuals who are planning this type of work are still strongly advised to take safety precautions to prevent inadvertent exposure. It is especially important to follow the proper protocols for disposal to prevent introducing asbestos into the surrounding environment.

It is not easy to determine exactly where asbestos might be hiding, so South Carolina’s laws are intended to protect residents from harm. Unfortunately, many people still suffer from asbestos exposure. Those who develop mesothelioma, lung cancer or asbestosis may be able to pursue compensation against individuals and entities who were negligent in their handling and disposal of asbestos.

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