15 U.S.C. § 2646 - Contractor and laboratory accreditation
|Cite as:||15 U.S.C. § 2646|
|Currency:||Current through P.L. 116-135 (03/26/2020)|
(a) Contractor accreditation
A person may not-
(1) inspect for asbestos-containing material in a school building under the authority of a local educational agency or in a public or commercial building,
(2) prepare a management plan for such a school, or
(3) design or conduct response actions, other than the type of action described in sections 2643(f) and 2644(c) of this title, with respect to friable asbestos-containing material in such a school or in a public or commercial building,
unless such person is accredited by a State under subsection (b) or is accredited pursuant to an Administrator-approved course under subsection (c).
(b) Accreditation by State
(1) Model plan
(A) Persons to be accredited
Within 180 days after October 22, 1986, the Administrator, in consultation with affected organizations, shall develop a model contractor accreditation plan for States to give accreditation to persons in the following categories:
(i) Persons who inspect for asbestos-containing material in school buildings under the authority of a local educational agency or in public or commercial buildings.
(ii) Persons who prepare management plans for such schools.
(iii) Persons who design or carry out response actions, other than the type of action described in sections 2643(f) and 2644(c) of this title, with respect to friable asbestos-containing material in such schools or in public or commercial buildings.
(B) Plan requirements
The plan shall include a requirement that any person in a category listed in paragraph (1) 1 achieve a passing grade on an examination and participate in continuing education to stay informed about current asbestos inspection and response action technology. The examination shall demonstrate the knowledge of the person in areas that the Administrator prescribes as necessary and appropriate in each of the categories. Such examinations may include requirements for knowledge in the following areas:
(i) Recognition of asbestos-containing material and its physical characteristics.
(ii) Health hazards of asbestos and the relationship between asbestos exposure and disease.
(iii) Assessing the risk of asbestos exposure through a knowledge of percentage weight of asbestos-containing material, friability, age, deterioration, location and accessibility of materials, and advantages and disadvantages of dry and wet response action methods.
(iv) Respirators and their use, care, selection, degree of protection afforded, fitting, testing, and maintenance and cleaning procedures.
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