Asbestos and Lead Information for Building Professionals

Asbestos and Lead Information for Building Professionals

The information below is for:

  • Contractors
  • Architects or engineers
  • Asbestos professionals
  • Lead professionals

Asbestos and lead pose health risks, and they may be found in buildings and other structures. Because of this, the Health Department and the Environmental Protection Agency have specific requirements for the maintenance, renovation and demolition of buildings and other structures.

Asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) are only dangerous when they are disturbed or handled incorrectly. If ACMs are not handled properly, asbestos particles can be breathed in. Even a small amount of ACM can cause health effects.  

Lead-based paint becomes a hazard when it is disturbed. This can be from chipping and peeling paint, when painted surfaces rub together, or when the paint is not properly sanded, scraped or burned. If lead-based paint is not handled properly, lead dust can be breathed in or swallowed by workers and by people, especially children, who use the building or other structure.

Learn more about the hazards and health effects of asbestos and lead

License Application Forms

ASBESTOS

Submit a signed, completed application with all necessary documentation including the required Statement of Compliance and fees in accordance with the fee schedule. Checks should be made payable to the Vermont Department of Health. For licensing and certification requirements, please refer to the Vermont Regulation for Asbestos Control.

LEAD

Submit a signed, completed application with all necessary documentation including the required Statement of Compliance and fees in accordance with the fee schedule. Checks should be made payable to the Vermont Department of Health. For licensing and certification requirements, please refer to the Vermont Regulation for Lead Control.

Are there any online training courses available for asbestos or lead licensing?

The Health Department accredits training courses for asbestos and lead disciplines. Asbestos and lead contractors must have up-to-date training from an accredited training provider before they can be licensed to work in Vermont. If you want to be licensed in Vermont, check the table of approved online courses below. These online classes are approved as interim alternatives to in-person classroom training.

If the training you want to take is not on the table below, contact the Asbestos and Lead Regulatory Program before taking the online training course to confirm that it has been approved and meets the requirements in Vermont.

Approved Online Asbestos & Lead-Based Paint Training Courses
Course title training provider approval date
Asbestos Inspector Refresher ATC 4/15/2020
Asbestos Management Planner Refresher ATC 4/15/2020
Asbestos Supervisor Refresher ATC 4/15/2020
Asbestos Project Designer Refresher ATC 4/15/2020
Asbestos Project Monitor Refresher ATC 4/15/2020
Lead Supervisor Refresher ATC 5/19/2020
Asbestos Inspector Refresher Institute for Environmental Education (IEE) 4/9/2020
Asbestos Supervisor Refresher Institute for Environmental Education (IEE) 5/8/2020
I am a training provider. How can I get my online training course for asbestos and lead licensing accredited?

Historically, only in-person classes have been accredited by the Health Department, but many training providers are considering online learning opportunities for asbestos and lead disciplines. If you are a training provider who is planning an online training course to license Vermont asbestos or lead contractors, you must submit the following to AHS.VDHALRPGeneral@vermont.gov for review and approval before it can be offered:

  • information to the on the course
  • course syllabus
  • list of instructors
  • details about the hands-on training segment
  • details on the course exam
What do I need to know before beginning a renovation or demolition (notice of intent, inspections, surveys, project design)?

ASBESTOS

No one may renovate or demolish a building or other structure or a portion of a it without first getting confirmation from the owner that an asbestos assessment has been completed according to the conditions outlined below. The assessment must be conducted by a Vermont-licensed asbestos inspector.

If no asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) are found:

  • Notify the Health Department within 10 working days before the demolition begins. The Health Department does not need to be notified of renovation work if no ACMs are found.

If ACMs are found, and these materials will be disturbed due to the renovation or demolition, then:

  • ACMs must be removed by a Vermont-licensed asbestos abatement entity before the renovation or demolition.
  • The asbestos abatement entity must notify the Health Department at least 10 working days before the project begins by filing an application for permit and fee (see the Asbestos Abatement Permits section below).

Required Instructions and Fact Sheets

Federal Notification Form

Asbestos Abatement Permits

If you are a licensed Asbestos Abatement Entity and want to begin work on an asbestos abatement removal project involving ACMs, you must submit a Permit Application for Asbestos Abatement Project, at least 10 working days before the abatement project begins. You must include a diagram showing the location of the project activity within the building and the permit fee payment, as specified in Section 7 of the Vermont Regulation for Asbestos Control.

Small Scale Short Duration Asbestos Abatement Activities

Small Scale Short Duration (SSSD) abatement activities include any asbestos abatement activity that encompasses up to and including:

  • 10 linear feet of ACM located on pipes

OR

  • 10 square feet of ACM from any surface within the abatement area within a facility

Projects divided up into smaller segments are asbestos abatement projects and not SSSD activities.

All SSSD abatement activities must be performed by a trained and Vermont-certified asbestos worker or supervisor. Send a completed SSSD Activities Notification Form to the Health Department at least 48 hours prior to beginning the SSSD abatement activity.

Lead

If you are a licensed Lead Abatement Entity and want to begin work on a lead abatement project, you must submit a Permit Application for Lead Abatement Project to the Health Department at least 10 working days before beginning any on-site work. You must include a diagram, occupant protection plan (when applicable), and a written abatement plan of the project area.

How can I report an asbestos-related or lead-related complaint?
What do I need to know about Essential Maintenance Practices (EMPs)?

ASBESTOS

EMPs do not apply to asbestos.

LEAD

The Vermont Lead Law requires owners of residential rental buildings and child care facilities built before 1978 to do EMPs (see V.S.A. Title 18, Chapter 38, §1751) to help prevent lead poisoning in children. EMPs are relatively inexpensive maintenance activities, which include inspecting the property for chipping and peeling paint.

All maintenance and renovation of rental properties and child care facilities built before 1978 must comply with the Vermont Lead Law. EMPs must be performed by an EMP-certified person.

You must attend a Health Department approved EMP class to become certified. It is recommended that all rental property owners or managers become EMP certified. Classes are generally available at no cost at various locations throughout Vermont on a continual basis. Find an EMP training class

Where can I find contractors that handle asbestos or lead?
What are safe work practices for asbestos and lead?

ASBESTOS

Under Vermont law, only licensed contractors are allowed to perform asbestos abatement activities and must follow the regulations regarding the handling and disposing of asbestos-containing materials.

LEAD

Under Vermont law, contractors are required to use lead-safe work practices.

How can I test for asbestos or lead hazards?

ASBESTOS

If you want to know whether there are asbestos-containing materials in a home, building, structure or material, hire a Vermont-licensed asbestos inspector to conduct an inspection.

LEAD

Lead-Based Paint

If you want to know whether lead-based paint is on a home, building or other structure, hire a Vermont-certified lead inspector or risk assessor to conduct a lead inspection or risk assessment. A lead inspection determines the presence or absence of lead-based paint on painted or coated surfaces. A risk assessment identifies lead hazards from deteriorated paint, dust and bare soil, and ways to control the lead hazards.

Drinking Water

Test kits for lead in drinking water can be purchased from the Health Department Laboratory. Find out more about testing for lead in drinking water

Where can I learn more about lead hazards and preventing lead poisoning?

More information

Vermont Regulations for Asbestos Control
Vermont Regulations for Lead Control

Questions?

Asbestos & Lead Regulatory Program
108 Cherry St., PO Box 70
Burlington, VT 05402
Phone: 802-863-7220 or
800-439-8550 (toll-free within VT)
Fax: 802-863-7483

AHS.VDHALRPGeneral@vermont.gov