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The MIOSHA Asbestos Program was initiated in September of 1986. The primary function of the program is to assure that the people working with asbestos are properly trained and the individuals performing asbestos removal comply with rules governing the work activity. These rules are designed to protect not only the individual employee performing asbestos abatement work, but also the general public that occupy the area or building in which the work occurs.
The Asbestos Program is responsible for enforcement of the Asbestos Abatement Contractors Licensing Act (Act 135, P.A. 1986, as amended), the Asbestos Workers Accreditation Act (Act 440, P.A. 1988, as amended), and for meeting the state of Michigan's mandated responsibilities under the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). The program also enforces asbestos issues related to the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Act (MIOSHA) (Act 154, P.A. 1974, as amended).
Fund sources are from fees submitted for the approval of asbestos training courses, asbestos worker accreditation fees, asbestos contractor licensing fees, and asbestos abatement project notification fees.