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Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2012 10:22 am

FLORENCE — An asbestos and dust control seminar for builders and contractors is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, to explain the federal rules and requirements for working with asbestos.

Hosted by Pinal County, it takes place in the Emergency Operations Center, in Building F of the Pinal County Complex at 31 N. Pinal Ave. in Florence.

Once widely used in the construction industry and valued for its flame-retardant qualities, structural integrity and insulation properties, asbestos can now only be used in limited circumstances and special consideration is necessary when working with the material, according to a press release.

“People would be surprised at the wide variety of products and materials that contain asbestos,” Kale Walch of Pinal County’s Air Quality program stated in the press release.

Prior to remodeling, additions, construction or renovations to existing commercial structures, buildings in the county must be tested for asbestos.

Property owners, fire personnel, facilities managers, developers, permitting agencies and others in the building and construction industry could benefit from the seminar, according to Walch.

In addition to the local requirements, the seminar will cover the asbestos hazard emergency response act and requirements of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The seminar is free and includes lunch. Advance registration by Oct. 15 is required. People can register online at

For more information, contact Walch at or at 866-6960.

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