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Toxic Substances Program

TDEC's Toxic Substances Program works to protect the people of Tennessee from environmental and health hazards caused by three toxic substances: Lead, Asbestos & Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs).

The Toxic Substances Program is responsible for ensuring that companies and individual workers who repair, renovate and/or remove Lead Based Paint and Asbestos from housing and public and commercial buildings are trained properly.  Additionally, the Toxic Substances Program is responsible for assisting the utility, commercial, and industrial businesses in managing PCBs and/or PCB containing equipment at their facilities.

Lead Hazard Reduction Program

The Toxic Substances Program provides procedures and requirements for certification for conducting lead-based paint abatement activities.

Asbestos Program

Local education agencies must comply with the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act. Search our database of accredited firms and professionals.

Polychlorinated Biphenyls Program

Electrical utilities, industries, scrap metal facilities, and other businesses must follow strict rules to use, store, dispose of, and manage PCB containing equipment.

Lead Abatement Certification

Anyone  engaged in lead-based paint (LBP) activities in "target housing" and "child-occupied facilities" must be certified.

Asbestos Accreditations

Anyone who performs asbestos activities in schools or public and commercial buildings must be accredited by the State.

Regulations and Policies/Guidance

The TN Secretary of State's website hosts the effective rules for the absestos and lead paint programs, while the PCB program is governed by the Federal CFR.