Asbestos Labeling Enforcement Policy

The Spokane Clean Air Agency has issued an update to its enforcement policy of the new Washington State asbestos labeling law approved earlier this year by the State Legislature.

SB 5458, Sponsored by Sen. Andy Billig, requires that any materials containing more than 1% asbestos must have a warning label that states:

“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.”
Each infraction of the new law comes with a penalty of $10,000 per day, per instance.
As a result of some concerns from an SHBA member over how the legislation will be enforced the Spokane Clean Air Agency has issued a letter stating that if materials are found that contain more than 1% asbestos it is their intent to work with retailers, distributors, and wholesalers to resolve the issue with the manufacturer before issuing violations. You can read the full letter here.

Additionally, in an open meeting back in October and re-affirmed in a recent email communication, Sen Billig has agreed to go back through the legislation and sponsor some tweaks to alleviate some of the concerns shared by small businesses.
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