New Laws Regulate Asbestos Removal

by Keith Adkins

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is used during the manufacturing of many items, such as construction materials. Unfortunately, exposure to Asbestos can result in an individual developing a deadly form of cancer, known as mesothelioma.

Despite this risk, it’s estimated that roughly 30 million structures in the United States, including homes and businesses, contain asbestos. To help prevent the citizens of Oklahoma from being exposed to the deadly substance, Governor Mary Fallin signed Senate Bill 658 into law.

According to an article from the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, the bill outlines policies that will create more stringent regulations regarding liability and removal of asbestos from buildings. The bill will remove regulatory burdens from the shoulders of contractors and will instead depend on the Department of Labor and the Department of Environmental Quality to ensure the safe removal of asbestos from buildings in Oklahoma.

The bill, which took effect in April, will reduce the number of inspections and the number of agencies conducting inspections during asbestos removal projects in Oklahoma.

At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, we’ve seen the devastating results asbestos exposure can have on victims and their families. That’s why our Oklahoma personal injury lawyers are hopeful that this new set of regulations will help the state and its agencies significantly reduce the chances of Oklahoma’s workers being exposed to this deadly, cancer-causing substance.