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Asbestos Label Law for Building Materials

Did you know?

Effective January 1, 2014, manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors of asbestos-containing building materials must prominently label both the product and packaging for the following building materials:

  • Any building material naturally contains more than one percent asbestos.
  • Any building material that has any amount of asbestos added to it.

Where does the label need to be put?

Label the product:

  • In a prominent location near the product name or description on the exterior wrapping or packaging in which the product is stored, shipped, and sold.
  • On the exterior surface of the asbestos-containing building material itself, unless it is:
    • sold as a liquid or paste or
    • unless it is sand or gravel.

What must the label say?

At a minimum, the label must state:

CAUTION! This product contains ASBESTOS, which is known to cause cancer and lung disease.
Avoid creating dust. Intentionally removing or tampering with this label is a violation of state law.

What exemptions apply?


The labeling requirement does not apply to:

  • Retailers that do not manufacture, wholesale, or distribute asbestos-containing building materials
  • Asbestos-containing building materials that:
    • Have already been installed, applied, or used by the consumer
    • Are used solely for United States Military purposes
    • Were purchased by a retailer prior to January 1, 2014 (stock-on-hand)

Building materials

The term “building materials” does not include products designed for:

  • Cars
  • Recreational vehicles
  • Boats

Other mobile means of transportation

Did you know?

That Labeled materials that say 'Does Not Contain Asbestos', 'STILL' requires testing for renovation and demolition by State Law?