Recently the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Asbestos Division has made policy changes in the Colorado Asbestos requirements for the single family homeowner who owns a condominium in which the front entry door to your privately owned unit is adjoined by a common indoor hall-way to entry doorways of other privately owned condominium units. Apparently, there has been at least one instance where inappropriate work has been conducted resulting in an asbestos contamination of either the common hall-way or other adjacent units. I have copied the statement sent directly to us from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment regarding this policy change.
However, let me first point out that inappropriate behavior and inappropriate work practices by even a licensed contractor are ALWAYS a potential issue by unethical contractors whether your personal legal right to be known as a "PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL HOME" as opposed to an "area of public access" has been decided for you, on your behalf by a Government Agency or not.
We are asked many times through-out the year "Why is asbestos work for my home so costly?" Well....may we start by saying that regulatory requirement is what it is, abiding by these standards is absolutely necessary by an ethical Contractor. This can increase costs for you at every aspect of your PRIVATE HOME RENOVATION beyond your control as well as beyond the control of your contractor who may in fact be ethical in their dealing with YOU the PRIVATE HOMEOWNER/CUSTOMER in attempt to conduct ethical work at a reasonable cost.
At some point, do we the consumer pay far too much for PROTECTIONS by our local Government?? Who or what entity should be appointed to decide what protections matter most? Who or what entity should be held liable for inappropriate conduct of work? Who should decide this, and how would such liability be implemented with-out Governmental increased regulation and therefore increased costs to be absorbed by the consumer?
We will let you decide.
The following is the statement of policy change by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment implemented on your behalf;
I reviewed the abatement application for ADDRESS UNDISCLOSED, Denver CO 80216 and cannot approve it as an opt-out. Although this is the owners private residence, this complex shares closed common hallways with adjoining neighbors. Historically we had approved opt-outs for these type of complexes and found that other units within that complex had become contaminated. Since then it is our policy that opting out of the regulations could potentially expose neighbors within that complex; therefore abatement activities should fully comply with Colorado Regulation 8 Part B. Contact me if you have any questions.