Asbestos that is contained and left undisturbed is normally safe. However, when it becomes agitated, broken or otherwise destroyed, asbestos fibers can become airborne and pose a danger to yourself and others around you.
How you handle asbestos may depend on the setting, whether you are at work, at a remote job site, or at home:
Always follow all OSHA rules and regulations related to handling materials or products that may contain asbestos. Failure to do so can result in strict penalties, not to mention severe health problems for you and others.
At a Job Site
Contractors are required to follow strict federal guidelines related to asbestos abatement for demolition and renovation projects of commercial facilities, public buildings, and residences with more than 4 units.
Most single-family residential homes are not required to follow the same regulations as workplaces. However, it is still important for you to take the appropriate precautions when making DIY renovations of your house.