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Asbestos Information

How common is asbestos?

Asbestos is a natural occurring mineral that was used extensively in the U.S. in many construction materials. Use has decreased significantly over the years, but there are still building materials produced today that contain asbestos.

Protecting public health

When asbestos-containing material is disturbed and improperly handled, tiny hazardous fibers are released into the air and may cause lung cancer and other illnesses.

There is no known safe level of exposure to asbestos.

DEQ regulates the handling, removal and disposal of asbestos-containing material to protect public health and the environment.

All asbestos requirements are detailed in Oregon Administrative Rules 340, Division 248

Submit notifications and fees electronically 

DEQ's asbestos program is now using a new electronic data management system called Your DEQ Online

Please start submitting notifications and fees electronically. All notification and application forms can be found through Your DEQ Online. For more information please visit Your DEQ Online Help page.

DEQ is very excited to roll out this new, electronic service to asbestos abatement contractors and training providers! If you have questions, please contact the asbestos specialist in your area.