Feb 27, 2023
Asbestos testing regulations in the state of Colorado are some of the most stringent in the United States. Colorado requires any existing buildings must be tested if any renovation or demolition work is to be done. These regulations are in place to protect workers, homeowners, and the general public from the potential health risks posed by asbestos exposure. In Colorado, all tests for asbestos must be conducted by a certified asbestos inspector. The inspector will collect samples from the work site and send them to a laboratory for testing.
If the results of the test detect the presence of asbestos L&K Environmental has relationships with many abatement companies and can walk you through the whole process. It is the responsibility of the building owner or contractor to ensure that an asbestos inspection is done prior to beginning the project. If asbestos is present, the material must be removed and disposed of in an approved manner. In Colorado, it is illegal to disturb or remove asbestos without proper certification. If asbestos is found either the owner or General Abatement Contractor (GAC) must apply for a permit prior to removal.
For a demolition project a certified building inspector must sign off on the permit prior to submitting the permit. In addition to these regulations, the state of Colorado also requires that all buildings that contain asbestos be labeled with a sign that states “Warning: Asbestos Present.” This sign must be posted in a visible location so that workers and the public can be aware of the potential risks. Asbestos testing is an important step in ensuring the safety of workers and the public. By requiring asbestos testing prior to any renovation or demolition projects, Colorado is doing its part to protect its citizens from asbestos-related health risks.