Why do we need Senate Bill 509?
Each year, many asbestos removal jobs in Texas are done in violation of state and federal safety laws that require protection of construction workers and the public from exposure to dangerous levels of asbestos fibers.

Verifying that an asbestos survey was done prior to a renovation or demolition will educate building owners who are unaware of the requirements and make it harder for building owners and contractors to claim ignorance of the asbestos laws.

The Austin-American Statesman published a special report on widespread illegal asbestos removal projects on January 7, 2001, entitled “Death in the Air.” Copies of this article are available from Austin Texas Department of Health Asbestos Programs Branch at 800-572-5548 or 512-834-6610.

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1. Why do we need Senate Bill 509?
2. What kind of permit triggers the duty to check for an asbestos survey?
3. What is considered a public or commercial building?
4. After what year can a building be built when no asbestos survey is required?
5. How extensive does the survey verification have to be?
6. Do the asbestos surveys need to be turned into the Texas Department of Health?
7. How do building owners or operators get these surveys?
8. How much do asbestos surveys cost?
9. Is asbestos still manufactured?
10. If asbestos is still manufactured, is it all right to install it in a public building?
11. Who do I call if I have any questions?