23 Asbestos Safety Manual Environmental Health and Safety FACT FOUR The EPA only requires asbestos removal in order to prevent significant public exposure to airborne asbestos fibers during building demolition or renovation activities. Asbestos removal prior to demolition or renovation activities is needed to protect public health. The EPA believes that an improperly conducted removal operation can actually increase the health risk. FACT FIVE EPA does recommend a proactive, in-place management program whenever asbestos-containing material is discovered A program to manage the day-to-day operations of a building must be in place to prevent the accidental or unintentional release of asbestos fibers into the air. An operations and maintenance program ensures proper control and cleanup procedures are implemented.