A Consumer Guide to Asbestos
This publication is meant to be instructional, to provide information to assist the consumer in dealing with asbestos. The information in this publication is believed to
be accurate at the time of its publication. The Contractors State License Board, the Department of Consumer Affairs and the State of California assume no
responsibility for any damage that arises from any action that is based on information found in this publication. Questions regarding civil law and the civil courts
system should be addressed to an attorney.
© Copyright 2001, California Contractors State License Board
For information about the Contractors State License Board, call toll-free
1 (800) 321-CSLB (2752)
The California Contractors State License Board (CSLB)
licenses and regulates all contractors who are
qualified to do asbestos work in buildings.
Additionally, the California Division of Occupational
Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) has responsibility to
register all contractors who perform asbestos
abatement work and test and certify all asbestos
California law prohibits any person from advertising
for the removal of asbestos unless certified for that
work. The law also requires that the contractor’s
license number and the Cal/OSHA registration
number be included in that advertising. This booklet
provides information for consumers to help identify
asbestos in buildings and the precautions needed to
prevent harmful exposure to asbestos when planning
for and undertaking its removal. It also describes the
steps you should take when contracting with a
company to remove asbestos.
The protections and procedures discussed later in this
booklet will protect your health. Equally important,
the protections are required by law.
Warning to Do-it-Yourselfers
Many consumers prefer to do their own home-
improvement jobs, realizing the rewards of planning
and completing the jobs themselves and savin