AHERA Building Inspector means a person who has successfully completed the training requirements for a building inspector established by EPA Asbestos Model Accreditation Plan: Interim Final Rule (40 CFR Part 763, Appendix C to Subpart E) and whose certification is current.
AHERA Project Designer means a person who has successfully completed the training requirements for an abatement project designer established by EPA Asbestos Model Accreditation Plan: Interim Final Rule (40 CFR Part 763, Appendix C to Subpart E) and whose certification is current.
Asbestos means the asbestiform varieties of actinolite, amosite (cummingtonite-grunerite), tremolite, chrysotile (serpentinite), crocidolite (riebeckite), or anthophyllite.
Asbestos-Containing Material means any material containing more than one percent (1%) asbestos as determined using the method specified in the EPA publication, Method for the Determination of Asbestos in Building Materials, EPA/600/R-93/116, July 1993 or a more effective method as approved by EPA. It includes any material presumed to be asbestos-containing.
Asbestos-Containing Waste Material means any waste that contains or is contaminated with asbestos-containing material, except for nonfriable asbestos-containing roofing that remains nonfriable. Asbestos-containing waste material includes asbestos-containing material that has been removed from a structure, disturbed, or deteriorated in a way that it is no longer an integral part of the structure or component, asbestos waste from control equipment, materials used to enclose the work area during an asbestos project, asbestos-containing material collected for disposal, asbestos-contaminated waste, debris, containers, bags, protective clothing, or high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters. Asbestos-containing waste material does not include samples of asbestos-containing material taken for testing or enforcement purposes.
Asbestos Project means any activity involving the abatement, renovation, demolition, removal, salvage, clean-up or disposal of asbestos-containing material, or any other action or inaction that disturbs or is likely to disturb any asbestos-containing material. It includes the removal and disposal of asbestos-containing material or asbestos-containing waste material. It does not include the application of duct tape, rewettable glass cloth, canvas, cement, paint, or other non-asbestos materials to seal or fill exposed areas where asbestos fibers may be released nor does it include nonfriable asbestos-containing roofing material that will not be rendered friable.
Asbestos Survey means a written report resulting from a thorough inspection performed pursuant to Section 9.03 of this Regulation.
Competent Person means a person who is capable of identifying asbestos hazards and selecting the appropriate asbestos control strategy, has the authority to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate the hazards, and has been trained and is currently certified in accordance with the standards established by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, the federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration, or the United States Environmental Protection Agency (whichever agency has jurisdiction).
Contiguous means touching or adjoining.
Component means any equipment, pipe, structural member, or other item or material.
Controlled Area means an area to which only certified asbestos workers, representatives of the Agency, or other persons authorized by the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA), have access.
Demolition means wrecking, razing, leveling, dismantling, or burning of a structure, making the structure permanently uninhabitable or unusable in part or whole. Pursuant to the EPA asbestos National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP), 40 CFR Part 61, Subpart M, it includes wrecking or taking out of any load-supporting structural member of a facility together with any related handling operations and includes moving a facility.
Disposal Container means a carton, bag, drum, box, or crate designed for the purpose of safely transporting and disposing of asbestos-containing waste material.
Facility means an institutional, commercial, public, industrial or residential structure, installation or building (including any structure, installation or building containing condominiums, or individual dwelling units operated as a residential cooperative, but excluding residential buildings having four or fewer dwelling units); any ship; or any active or inactive waste disposal site. The term includes any structure, installation or building that was previously subject to the Asbestos NESHAP, regardless of its current function, apartments which are an integral part of a commercial facility, and mobile structures used for non-residential purposes. It also includes homes that are demolished or renovated to build non-residential structures (e.g. homes demolished for highway construction projects.)
Friable Asbestos-Containing Material means asbestos-containing material that, when dry, can be crumbled, pulverized, or reduced to powder by hand pressure or by the forces expected to act upon the material in the course of demolition, renovation, or disposal. Each of these descriptions is separate and distinct, meaning the term includes asbestos-containing material that, when dry, can be:
- Crumbled by hand pressure or by the forces expected to act upon the material in the course of renovation, demolition, or disposal;
- Pulverized by hand pressure or by the forces expected to act upon the material in the course of renovation, demolition, or disposal; or
- Reduced to powder by hand pressure or by the forces expected to act upon the material in the course of renovation, demolition, or disposal).
Such materials include, but are not limited to, thermal system insulation, surfacing material, Nicolet roofing paper, and cement asbestos products.
Leak-Tight Container means a dust-tight and liquid tight container, at least 6-mil thick, that encloses asbestos-containing waste material and prevents solids or liquids from escaping or spilling out. Such containers may include sealed plastic bags, metal or fiber drums, and sealed polyethylene plastic.
Nonfriable Asbestos-Containing Material means asbestos-containing material that is not friable (e.g., when dry, cannot be crumbled, pulverized, or reduced to powder by hand pressure or by the forces expected to act on the material in the course of demolition, renovation, or disposal).
Nonfriable Asbestos-Containing Roofing means an asbestos-containing roofing material where all of the following apply:
- The roofing is a nonfriable asbestos-containing material;
- The roofing is in good condition and is not peeling, cracking, or crumbling;
- The roofing binder is petroleum-based and asbestos fibers are suspended in that base with individual fibers still encapsulated; and
- The roofing binder exhibits enough plasticity to prevent the release of asbestos fibers in the process of removing and disposing of it.
Owner-Occupied, Single-Family Residence means any non-multiple unit building containing space for uses such as living, sleeping, preparation of food, and eating that is used by one family who owns the property as their domicile (permanent and primary residence) both prior to and after renovation or demolition, and can demonstrate such to the Agency upon request (e.g., utility bills). This term includes houses, mobile homes, trailers, detached garages, outbuildings, houseboats, and houses with a "mother-in-law apartment" or "guest room". This term does not include rental property, multiple unit buildings (e.g., duplexes and condominiums with two or more units) or multiple-family units, nor does this term include any mixed-use building (e.g., a business being operated out of a residence), structure, or installation that contains a residential unit. This term does not include structures used for structural fire training exercises (Regulation I, Article VI, Section 6.01 and 40 CFR Part 61, Subpart M).
Owner’s Agent means any person who leases, operates, controls, or is responsible for an asbestos project, renovation, demolition, or property subject to Article IX of this Regulation. It also includes the person(s) submitting a notification pursuant to Section 9.04 of this Regulation and/or performing the asbestos survey.
Person means any individual, firm, public or private corporation, association, partnership, political subdivision, municipality, or government agency.
Renovation means altering a structure or component in any way, other than demolition.
Structure means something built or constructed, in part or in whole. Examples include, but are not limited to, the following in part or in whole: houses, garages, commercial buildings, mobile homes, bridges, ”smoke” stacks, pole-buildings, canopies, lean-twos, foundations, equipment, and other parts and miscellaneous components. This term does not include normally mobile equipment (e.g., cars, recreational vehicles, boats, etc.).
Surfacing Material means material that is sprayed-on, troweled-on, or otherwise applied to surfaces including, but not limited to, acoustical plaster on ceilings, paints, fireproofing material on structural members, or other material on surfaces for decorative purposes.
Suspect Asbestos-Containing Material means material that has historically contained asbestos including, but not limited to, surfacing material, thermal system insulation, roofing material, fire barriers, gaskets, flooring material, and cement siding. Suspect asbestos-containing material must be presumed to be asbestos-containing material unless demonstrated otherwise (e.g., as determined using the method specified in the EPA publication, Method for the Determination of Asbestos in Building Materials, EPA/600/R-93/116, July 1993).
Thermal System Insulation means material applied to pipes, fittings, boilers, tanks, ducts, or other structural components to prevent heat loss or gain.
Visible Emissions means any emissions that are visually detectable without the aid of instruments. The term does not include condensed uncombined water vapor.
Wallboard System means joint compound and tape specifically applied to cover nail holes, joints and wall corners. It does not mean “add on materials” such as sprayed on materials, paints, textured ceilings or wall coverings. Wallboard systems where joint compound and tape have become an integral system (40 CFR Part 61 FRL4821-7) may be analyzed as a composite sample for determining if it is an asbestos-containing material.
Waste Generator means any owner or owner’s agent that generates, produces, or is in part or whole, responsible for an activity that results in asbestos-containing waste material.
Workday means Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. excluding legal holidays observed by the Agency.