Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring minerals. These are mined from the earth and have been widely used in the building construction industry.
Exposure to these airborne fibers has been shown to have unique health effects on people. As a result, asbestos containing materials are regulated by the Texas Department of State Health Services in the Texas Asbestos Health Protection Rules. The State Regulations apply to the inside space of a commercial building or used for purposes that provide public access.
Commercial public buildings are schools, retail stores, office buildings, hospitals and medical offices. They also include apartment buildings with more than four dwelling units. Single family residential structures are excluded from the State regulations but may still contain the fibrous materials in the building structure.
State regulations require all public building owners to complete a thorough survey of the building prior to disturbing any materials inside. Your local city code compliance and permitting offices are directly responsible for enforcing the Asbestos Regulations.They will require a report for a property prior to issuing a demolition, renovation, or remodeling permit.