Amendment of Asbestos Control Program Rules

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments (View Public Comments Received:7)

Agency:
Comment By: 
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

Working with the City’s rule-making agencies, the Law Department, the Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget, and the Mayor’s Office of Operations conducted a retrospective rules review of the City’s existing rules, identifying those rules that will be repealed or modified to reduce regulatory burdens, increase equity, support small businesses, and simplify and update content to help support public understanding and compliance. In light of this review, the Department of Enviornmental Protection (“DEP” or “the department”) is making several changes to its asbestos regulations to update them and make them easier for the public and the regulated community to understand.

Among other changes, the proposed rule:
• clarifies the purpose of the rule;
• adds definitions;
• adds sections related to the Asbestos Assessment Report and renewal of the Restricted Asbestos Handler Certificate;
• clarifies variance-related issues;
• clarifies the qualifications required for investigator certificates;
• clarifies record-keeping requirements for the contractor, air monitor and investigator;
• updates language on, and the specifications of, required warning signs and labels;
• prohibits employees of the department’s Asbestos Control Program from applying for an asbestos investigator certificate or from applying for renewal of the certificate;
• allows in certain instances individuals denied a certificate to appeal the decision;
• repeals section 1-22 (b)(2), Asbestos Exemption Certification;
• limits the number of times any certificate holder may receive a replacement certificate to twice in any two-year validity period;
• requires an asbestos abatement permit when there is an obstruction of an interior exit stairway;
• requires a sample location sketch to be made within one hour of the beginning of sample collection of suspected asbestos-containing material;
• requires additional training for investigators with a high school diploma including blueprint-reading courses;
• requires a minimum of six months graduate experience in building survey or a certified asbestos investigator;
• allows for electronic recordkeeping;
• clarifies for the investigator what a chain of custody must include;
• sets required procedures for encapsulation and enclosure;
• requires applicants to achieve a passing grade on a departmental examination by the third attempt;
• makes failure to comply with a work place safety plan a violation of the rules;
• requires that a variance for the use of a remote worker decontamination enclosure be obtained;
• requires a building owner or its authorized representative to retrieve the approved stamped copy of the work place safety plan from DEP and post that copy at the work place;
• requires that a sample location sketch must be made within one hour of the beginning of sample collection;
• amends section 1-26 to always require a work place safety plan when a permit is required;
• clarifies the roofing, flooring, vertical surface, and pre-demolition procedures; and
• includes minor plain-language revisions.

Public Hearing
Subject: 

Amendment of Asbestos Control Program Rules

Public Hearing Date: 
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 10:00am
Contact: 

No contact

Location: 
DEP 8th Floor Conference Room
59-17 Junction Boulevard 8th Floor Conference Room
Flushing, NY 11373