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Oregon Law Requires Asbestos Surveys Before Home Demolitions

A temporary rule has been put in place in Oregon after concerns about the health and safety of residents grew in 2015. Locals were outraged when it was found that many homes and structures were being demolished without first being tested for asbestos. The dust from demolitions could be seen by nearby residents, yet they were not advised about the dangers of inhaling or digesting the potentially toxic debris.


The rule prohibits the demolition of a residence unless an accredited inspector has performed an asbestos survey. A permanent rule is set to be put in place later in 2016, after final approval.

This is good news for Oregon residents, as the effects of asbestos exposure can be extremely dangerous. If asbestos fibers become airborne, they become a serious risk for everyone around them. Diseases like asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung cancer are all caused by exposure to asbestos fibers.

If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease due to the negligence of an employer or other company, do not hesitate to reach out to an experienced asbestos attorney. They can help determine if you are eligible for compensation for expensive medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Source: Statesman Journal


I didn't know that a house had to be tested for asbestos before it was demolished. However, it does make sense given that asbestos fibers, when airborne, "become a serious risk for everyone around them." We're thinking of demolishing our house and building a new home on the property. I'll call in someone to test for asbestos before we do anything.

Thank you for your comment, Patti. Calling a professional that you trust would be a wise idea! Good luck with your demolition.

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