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Procedures to control fiber release from regulated asbestos-containing materials (RACM). This includes removal, enclosure, encapsulation, repair, and any associated preparation, clean-up and disposal activities having the potential to disturb regulated asbestos-containing material.

Asbestos Abatement Contractor

A contractor licensed through DHEC to perform removal of regulated asbestos-containing materials. A list of these contractors is available here.

Asbestos-Containing Material (ACM)

Material containing asbestos of any type, either alone or mixed with other materials, in an amount greater than 1 percent (1%) as determined by using the method specified in 40 CFR Part 763, Appendix A, Subpart F, Section 1, as amended or an accepted equivalant. (NOTE: "Appendix A to Subpart F" has been redesignated as, and  shall hereinafter be referred as, "Appendix E to Subpart E" - 60 FR 31917, June 19, 1995.)

Building Inspection

An activity undertaken at a facility by a Department-licensed asbestos building inspector to determine the presence and location of regulated and non-regulated asbestos-containing materials Asbestos-Containing Material (ACM), and to assess the condition of materials identified as ACM. This includes visual or physical examination and bulk sample collection.

Building Inspector

A person licensed by DHEC to examine a facility for the presence of Asbestos-Containing Material (ACM), to identify and assess the condition of the material, and to collect bulk samples.


Wrecking or taking out of any load-supporting structural member of a facility together with any related handling operations, the burning of any facility, or moving of a structure.


Any institutional, commericial, public, industrial, residential structure, installation, or building (including any structure, installation, or building containing condominiums or individual dwelling units operated as a residential cooperative, but excluding residential buildings having four or fewer dwelling units); any bridge; any ship; and any active or inactive waste disposal site. For purposes of this definition, any building, structure, or installation that contains a loft used as a dwelling is not considered a residential structure, installation, or building. Any structure, installation, or building that was previously subject to this requirement is included in this definition, regardless of its current use or function.

Friable Asbestos-Containing Material (ACM)

Refers to ACM which may, when dry, be crumbled, pulverized, or reduced to powder by the forces expected to act upon it in the course of demolition or renovation operations. This also refers to previously non-friable ACM after such material becomes damaged to the extent that when dry, may be crumbled, pulverized, or reduced to powder; easily releases fibers into the air.

Management Planner

A person licensed in accordance with the requirements of this regualtion who interpretes inspection reports, conduct hazard assessments of asbestos-containing materials, determines appropriate response actions, develops a schedule for implementing response actions, and prepares written management plans.


Any person or contractor who owns, leases, operates, controls, or supervises a facility being demolished or renovated, or any person who operates, controls, or supervises the demolition or renovation operation, or both.

Project Designer

A person licensed by DHEC who is directly responsible for planning all phases of an asbestos abatement project design from project site preparation through complete disassembly of all abatement area barriers.

Regulated Asbestos-Containing Material (RACM)

Asbestos-containing materials that are friable or will become friable during a renovation or demolition operation.


Altering a facility or one or more facility components in any way, including the stripping or removal of regulated asbestos-containing materials (RACM) from a facility component. Operations in which load-supporting structural members are wrecked or taken out are demolitions.

For more information please contact the Bureau of Air Quality at (803) 898-4123 or by email.