On Jan. 1, 2018, the Ohio Department of Health’s (ODH) asbestos program will be transferred to Ohio EPA. The program transfer means that Ohio EPA will be the agency responsible for regulating asbestos training courses and professionals – including hazard abatement contractors, specialists, project designers and workers - currently regulated by the ODH. The goal of both agencies is to improve internal efficiency while making compliance easier for customers.
The new combined asbestos program includes a few important changes for Ohio businesses. Although there will be no changes in fee amounts, all fees must now be paid at the time a notification form is submitted for it to be accepted and considered complete. Ohio EPA will also have the authority to suspend and revoke licenses.
To assist customers, Ohio EPA is developing new software that will be implemented in two phases: Phase 1 will allow customers to submit online notification forms as of Jan. 5, 2018; Phase 2 is for the electronic submittal of licenses, certifications and course management in summer of 2018. For all online forms, the software will calculate applicable fees based on information provided in the form. Please note that the ODH online abatement project notification system will be turned off on Jan. 3, 2018. However, all other components of the ODH online system will remain active until the second phase of the Ohio EPA’s new software is made available.
For more information about changes in the asbestos program, including upcoming webinars in December and January explaining these changes, go to epa.ohio.gov/asbestos. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (614) 466-0061.