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Asbestos and Carcinogen Unit

Asbestos Registrations, Certifications, and Approvals

The Asbestos and Carcinogen Unit is responsible under Labor Code sections 6501.5-6510 and 9020-9022 for the following:

  • Asbestos contractor registration
    For contractors and employers that remove asbestos (having an asbestos fiber content of more than 0.1% and 100 square feet or more of surface area of asbestos-containing material), see the Asbestos contractor registration page.
  • Asbestos consultant and site surveillance technician certification
    For consultants and technicians conducting asbestos sampling or planning and overseeing asbestos removal projects of 100 square feet or more of surface area of asbestos-containing construction materials, see the Asbestos consultant and site surveillance technician certification page to view the certified consultant and site surveillance technician database. See also applicable Title 8 regulations (8 CCR section 1529(q) and (8 CCR section 341.15).
  • Asbestos trainers approval
    To obtain information about Cal/OSHA's program for approving Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) asbestos training courses, see the Asbestos trainers approval page.

Required Notifications by Employers Regarding Carcinogens

Employers are required under Labor Code sections 9030-9032 and 8 CCR section 5203 to notify Cal/OSHA in the following situations:

  • Carcinogen use
    The use of a carcinogen must be reported to the Asbestos and Carcinogen Unit.
  • Carcinogen release incidents
    Incidents involving the release of a carcinogen must be reported to the Cal/OSHA Enforcement district office in Region 1, 2, 3, or 4 that serves your job location and to the Asbestos and Carcinogen Unit.

Enforcement of Asbestos Standards

The Cal/OSHA Enforcement Branch enforces Asbestos Standards in Construction (8 CCR section 1529), Shipyards (8 CCR section 8358) and General Industry (8 CCR section 5208).

The Cal/OSHA Enforcement Branch also enforces the General Industry Standard relating to Non-Asbestiform Tremolite, Anthophyllite, and Actinolite (8 CCR section 5208.1).

If you wish to file a complaint with Cal/OSHA about hazardous exposure to asbestos fibers or non-asbestiform fibers in your workplace, follow the instructions for filing a complaint with the Cal/OSHA Enforcement district office that serves your job location.