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Is it legal to remove asbestos yourself?

You find asbestos in your home's insulation during a renovation project. You know the grave dangers of asbestos, which can lead to respiratory issues and a type of cancer known as mesothelioma. That cancer is famous for its aggressive nature, and it is often fatal to those who contract it.

You want to remove the asbestos from the home as you finish the project, making it safe for your family to live there. What you're wondering, though, is if you can legally do it yourself. Considering how dangerous it is and how detrimental the impact to your health can be if the removal is done incorrectly, is it illegal to make this a do-it-yourself job?

It's not. Legally speaking, no laws are on the books at this time making it illegal. You can do the removal on your own. It's recommended that you wear a special asbestos-grade mask to keep from inhaling the particles during removal, and many people also wear hazmat suits to keep those particles away from skin and clothes.

That being said, just because it's legal does not mean it's safe. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tells homeowners they should work with an accredited abatement company and have the removal done by trained, experienced professionals. You may not legally have to do so, but with the stakes so high and the severe dangers of asbestos, it's wise to make sure the job is done the right way.

Those who have been exposed to asbestos need to know all of their legal rights, especially if they develop mesothelioma or other serious health issues.

Source: The Spruce, "Is Do It Yourself Asbestos Removal Legal?," Lee Wallender, accessed March 06, 2018

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