The identification and management of asbestos-containing and lead-containing materials are necessary for workers' and students' safety and health. Exposure to airborne asbestos fibers has been a health concern for decades. The increased concern and litigation involving asbestos materials have prompted the development of stricter regulations passed in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The Toxic Substances and Control Act (TSCA) required the reporting of both production and exposure data on asbestos and the identification of asbestos-containing-materials in schools and the notification of affected employees.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and individual states have either promulgated or revised existing legislation regarding asbestos. As a result of the changing regulatory environment, and subsequent increased media coverage, public awareness of asbestos hazards increased. This awareness has led to an operating environment in which asbestos issues must be addressed before construction, demolition, and renovation.