Although it is widely known that asbestos is harmful to human health asbestos-containing building materials are still imported, sold, and used in the United States. To help protect anyone that may come in contact with asbestos materials, a new labeling law has gone into effect.
Effective January 1, 2014, manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors of asbestos-containing building materials must prominently label both the product and packaging for the following building materials:
- Any building material naturally containing more than one percent asbestos
- Any building material that has any amount of asbestos added to it
Labeling must be:
- In a prominent location near the product name or description on the exterior wrapping or packaging in which the product is stored, shipped, and sold.
- On the exterior surface of the asbestos-containing building material itself, unless it is:
- Sold as a liquid or paste, or
- Sand or gravel
- Labeled: "CAUTION!!! This product contains ASBESTOS which is known to cause cancer and lung disease. Avoid creating dust. Intentionally removing or tampering with this label is a violation of state law."
The labeling requirement does not apply to:
- Asbestos-containing building materials that:
- Are used solely for United States Military purposes
- Have already been installed, applied or used by the consumer
- Were purchased by a retailer prior to January 1, 2014 (stock-on-hand)
- Retailers that do not manufacture, wholesale or distribute asbestos-containing building materials
The term “building materials” does not include products designed for:
- Recreational vehicles
- Other mobile means of transportation