2014 - The Building Environment Council of Ohio

Ohio Building
Environment Report
Inside this issue:
OSHA Update Summary
ODH Residential
Demolition Requirements
ODH Lead Rule
OEPA Asbestos
ODH Proposed As6
bestos Rule Changes
Membership Application
Regional Luncheon
BECO President’s 2014 Message
I would like to thank everyone that attended the 2013 Fall Conference as well as Past President Steve Rucker for his service
to our organization. As always, an abundance of great information was provided and the conference was very well attended.
Based on the interest at the Conference, we hope to use that
momentum to build a larger and stronger BECO.
2014 is setting up to be an active regulatory year for the State
of Ohio. The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is conducting
its 5-year review of the current asbestos regulations (OAC 3701
-34). This review is part of the required evaluation of regulations required by state law. The first stakeholder meeting is
already scheduled for January 22, 2014 at the ODH offices. A
copy of the proposed rules changes is on page 6.
ODH is also gearing up their enforcement of Lead
Based Paint (LBP) and renovations activities involving LBP.
Indiana is also gearing up to adjust their existing asbestos regulations. While no specific information
was available, we will be reporting in the OBER as
soon as we have it available.
The BECO Board has already started scheduling
regional luncheons in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Toledo for the early part of March. A list of
the time and location for each event is on page 7.
We have also included a copy of the membership form on page 7. We look forward to a
great 2014. Please remember that the Board and BECO office are available to answer
questions or provide comments.
Timothy P. Stevenson,
BECO President
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Region V OSHA Update
Summary By: Tim Stevenson, TSI
This year Melissa Linton, Columbus, OH Office
of OSHA, presented the review of the OSHA
Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). This program was developed by OSHA to assist employers by lowering workplace injuries and
lower costs. There are four major components
to the VPP, “..management commitment and
employee involvement; worksite analysis; hazard prevention and control; and safety and
health training..” A full safety and health management plan should include each of these areas. The advantages of implementing a safety
and health management plan included reducing
work related injuries and illnesses, improve employee moral and productivity, and reduce
workers compensation cost.
OSHA looked at a study conducted by Liberty Mutual evaluating the cost of injuries to the worker.
This study identified that costs to employers had climbed from 1998 to 2008. The study indicated
that direct costs to employers was $47.6 billion per year. This cost does not include any indirect
cost to the employer, i.e. replacement of employee, training, loss of productivity, ect.
Based on the data presented, the comprehensive safety and health management plan developed in
VPP can reduce injuries in the workplace fifteen to thirty five percent. This save $9 to $23 billion a
year to employers.
Ohio has a program developed around the VPP called Safety and Health Achievement Recognition
Program (SHARP). Melissa used a couple local companies to demonstrate the savings in workers
compensation insurance. Participation in these VPP programs are a great way of minimizing employer costs, both in direct costs resulting from injuries and insurance premiums.
Melissa Linton, OHST
US Department of Labor
200 N High St, Rm 620
Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 469-5582
Winter 2014
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Residential Demolitions – ODH Requirements
Speaker: Mark Needham, ODH
Review prepared by: James Prarat, BECO Trustee
The changes in the regulations recently regarding Residential Demolitions has been a hot topic. Mark first
explained that ODH does not regulate demolitions, does not require a building inspection prior to the demolition, and does not require asbestos removal prior to demolition. Mark also pointed out that EPA and OSHA
regulations do apply to demolitions.
Since OEPA does require a building inspection prior to demolition, that inspection must be conducted by an
ODH-certified AHES, and that inspection must meet recently promulgated ODH requirements (i.e. be AHERA
complaint). OEPA also mandates that abatement greater than 50/50 friable must be conducted by an ODHlicensed Contractor, and a notification to ODH is required.
OEPA has some exemptions to their rules, and if OEPA rules do not apply, but the Owner chooses to conduct an inspection and an abatement activity, then the ODH listed in the above paragraph will still apply.
However if the Owner chooses not to conduct an inspection or an abatement activity, then refer to the 2
paragraphs directly below to see what regulations will apply.
To further complicate the issue, if OEPA rules apply and a residence is
demolished without a survey or with ACM in place, then the Contractor
who removes greater than 50/50 friable must be ODH-licensed, and
ODH notification is required, and OSHA required work practices will apply. Also, all friable waste and debris must go to an OEPA-approved
landfill, non-friable ACM is not regulated by ODH unless it becomes friable, and equipment operators do not need to be ODH certified (but
OSHA training and PPE may be required).
And finally, if OEPA rules don’t apply and a residence is demolished
with ACM still in place, then all of the requirements listed in the paragraph above are still applicable.
Now everything is perfectly crystal clear, right? If not Mark will welcome
q uest ions
614 - 644- 8665,
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[email protected]
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Public Hearing of Draft Revisions to OAC 3701-32 Lead-Hazard Abatement
The legislative process for revision to Chapter 32 – Lead Hazard Abatement
has begun. But, as with all rulemaking, changes must meet the Common
Sense Initiative (CSI) put forward by the Governor’s Office. Meetings with
stakeholders began in October 2013. A brief summary of both legislative and
enforcement actions was provided by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH)
during the Building Environmental Council of Ohio (BECO) Annual Conference
in November 2013.
As context for the rulemaking and enforcement initiatives outlined below, ODH
reminded conference attendees that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
has recently proposed lowering the definition of childhood lead poisoning from
10 μg/dl to 5 μg/dl based upon mounting epidemiological evidence that adverse
central nervous system (CNS) affects occur at lower concentrations. This reduction in biological makers may have profound impacts upon investigations of
elevated blood lead (EBL) in children.
Proposed changes in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) included: (a) the definition of a “facility” to include operations of preschool and school child programs; (b) the requirement to take
soil samples at childcare facilities after renovation, renovation and demolition; (c) the extension of the licensure period to two years beyond training.
Enforcement targeted pre-1950s housing, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Communities and citizen’s
complaints. Multi-agency inspection teams consisting of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and ODH
personnel performed enforcement last year. Reportedly, selection of sites for inspection enforcement action
was based only partially upon notifications. More emphasis was placed upon discovering sites with active
construction and then assessing compliance with EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP Rule).
Recall that this rule targets lead-based paint (LBP) in homes, child care facilities and pre-schools built before
1978 requiring renovators to be trained in EPA-approved lead-safe work practices.
Matt Young
Lead Poisoning - Abatement Programs
Ohio Department of Health
246 N. High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Tel: (614) 466-3543
Winter 2014
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Update on the OEPA NESHAP Program
(including the “four square inch” rule)
Paul Koval, OEPA
Ohio EPA’s Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) changes to the regulations governing asbestos emission
control; that became effective on March 2, 2012 are still generating questions from around the state.
The new rules changed the definition of friable asbestos material to include regulated asbestos containing
material (RACM) if it is reduced to less than four square inches in size during asbestos abatement. This
change was made to clarify for the owner/ operator and the regulator when the asbestos-containing waste
material (ACWM) becomes RACM during removal, and thereby (for example) making the degradation of
floor tile into RACM clearly defined.
This “four square inch” rule has been reviewed by OEPA legal counsel and as currently worded, only applies
to Category 1 material that is damaged during renovation or abatement ONLY and not during demolition.
In addition, changes were made to where asbestos-containing material can be disposed. Before March 2,
2012, some landfill facilities may have been permitted to accept certain asbestos-containing materials including Category I and Category II nonfriable asbestos.
Now, all category II nonfriable asbestos-containing material may ONLY be disposed at a landfill with a
NESHAP condition in the facility’s air permit that allows acceptance of RACM (regulated asbestos containing
Confusion about the four inch rule has as it pertains to Category 2 materials has prompted the OEPA to instruct contractors that it is the condition of the Category 2 material as
it ARRIVES at the landfill and not the condition at the SITE that dictates the RACM status. Damage to Category 2 material must be accounted for during transporting in order to prevent problems.
These rule changes were enacted to make Ohio’s asbestos regulations consistent with the federal asbestos regulation in the National
Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP).
Additional topics that are under review include the re-clarification of
the residential exemption definition particulary for scattered sites in
the Cleveland Land Bank area. There will be more to come in 2014.
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Proposed asbestos rule changes
Pursuant to the five year review process revisions have been made to 3701-34. These draft amendments
include, but are not limited to:
1. require that a copy of the building inspection report prepared by an asbestos evaluation specialist be
maintained at each worksite;
2. require that each worker maintain a copy of a valid certification, respirator fit test and physician’s written opinion at all times while at a project site;
3. the submission of a course completion certificate number with the name of each trainee;
4. make general grammatical and formatting corrections in compliance with Legislative Service Commission rule drafting requirements.
3701-34-01 Definitions – The rule establishes definitions for use throughout the chapter including, but not
limited to, the rule defines various terms used in Chapter 3701-34, such as “asbestos hazard abatement activity,” “business entity,” “license,” and “environmental monitoring.” The rule is being amended to comply with
Legislative Service Commission rule drafting requirements.
3701-34-04 Contractor application requirements – The rule sets forth the contractor license application
requirements, criteria, and standards of conduct. Application requirements include, but are not limited to, the
submission of a completed application and the completion of an appropriate course of instruction in asbestos
related activities. The rule is being amended to clarify that the contractor must maintain at the project
site a copy of the building inspection report that was prepared by an asbestos hazard evaluation specialist to comply with the United States Environmental Protection Agency requirement for a thorough
inspection found in, 40 C.F.R. Part 61, Subpart M.
3701-34-05 Asbestos hazard abatement specialist application content- The rule sets forth the application
requirements, qualifications, and standards of conduct for asbestos hazard abatement specialists. These requirements and standards include, but are not limited to, the submission of a complete application and associated fee; the completion of a training course in the removal and abatement of asbestos hazards; and ensuring that each project is in compliance with the decontamination procedures, project containment procedures,
and asbestos fiber containment methods established by regulations of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The rule is amended to require abatement specialists to ensure that workers maintain
proof of valid certification, respirator fit test and physician’s written opinion at all times while at a project site.
Winter 2014
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Proposed asbestos rule changes (cont.)
3701-34-06 Asbestos hazard abatement specialist application content– The rule sets forth the application content requirements, qualifications, and standards of conduct for asbestos hazard evaluation specialists. These requirements include, but are not limited to, the collection of bulk samples for asbestos in accordance with federal regulations and the preparation of a detailed report for each bulk sample collection site
which includes a description of the manner used to determine sampling locations and a copy of bulk sample
analysis reports. The rule is being amended to require evaluations specialists to ensure that analysis
of bulk samples is performed by laboratories with proficiency demonstrated by current successful
participation in a nationally recognized testing program such as the National Voluntary Laboratory
Accreditation Program (“NVLAP”) or the National Institute for Standards and Technology (“NIST”)
or the Round Robin for bulk samples administered by the American Industrial Hygiene Association
(“AIH”A) or an equivalent nationally-recognized round robin testing program and ensure that analysis of samples taken from schools for the purpose of compliance with the regulations of the United
States Environmental Protection Agency, 40 C.F.R. Part 763, is performed by laboratories with proficiency demonstrated by current successful participation in the NVLAP.
3701-34-07 Hazard abatement training – The rule sets forth the application, criteria, and standards for
approval of asbestos hazard abatement training courses. These requirements establish the time frames for
the Director to acknowledge receipt of an application, to grant or deny contingent approval, and to grant or
deny final approval for a training course. The rule is being amended to require each training provider to
notify the director, in writing, by the tenth calendar day of each month of the dates that any approved training course was held during previous month, name of the approved training course, students names and their course completion certificate numbers.
3701-34-11 Asbestos hazard abatement project agreement– The rule sets forth the requirement that a
written asbestos hazard abatement project agreement be written for all asbestos hazard abatement projects. The written agreement requirements include, but
are not limited to, that all persons working on a project be
licensed or certified; that each agreement include a detailed description of all project activities; and that all asbestos hazard abatement activities be done in accordance with all applicable federal, state, and local asbestos regulations. The rule is being amended to comply
with Legislative Service Commission rule drafting requirements.
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