Chapter 10.6. Asbestos Abatement And Control of California Health And Safety Code >> Division 20. >> Chapter 10.6.
(a) "Asbestos" means naturally occurring fibrous hydrated
mineral silicates, including chrysotile, crocidolite, amosite,
fibrous tremolite, fibrous anthophyllite, and fibrous actinolite.
(b) "Asbestos materials" means materials formed by mixing asbestos
fibers with other products, including, but not limited to, rock
wool, plaster, cellulose, clay, vermiculite, perlite, and a variety
of adhesives, whether sprayed on surfaces or applied to surfaces in
the form of a plaster or a textured paint.
(c) "Public building" means any structure, facility, or building
owned or leased by the State of California, the University of
California, or any local agency as defined in Section 54980 of the
Government Code. "Public building" does not include any building or
structure used for a primary or secondary school.
The Legislature finds that:
(a) Substantial medical and scientific evidence indicates that
human exposure to asbestos fibers significantly increases the risk of
contracting cancer and other debilitating or fatal diseases,
including, but not limited to, asbestosis.
(b) The Legislature has taken measures to reduce the risk of
asbestos exposure for school children and school employees by
creating a statewide program to rid schools of asbestos (Chapter
1751, Statutes of 1984).
(c) Asbestos materials were commonly used in public buildings for
fireproofing, soundproofing, decoration, thermal insulation, and
(d) When these materials deteriorate or become loose, damaged, or
friable, they release asbestos fibers into the ambient air. This may
result in exposure of employees and the public to potentially
dangerous levels of asbestos.
(e) It is vital for the safety of the public to identify the
precise location and condition of asbestos materials in public
buildings in order to institute abatement and control procedures as
needed and to ensure that when repairs or renovations are undertaken
that any asbestos materials present are properly handled.
It is the intent of the Legislature to ensure the safety of
the public and of public employees by creating an interdepartmental
task force composed of representatives from the State Department of
Health Services, the Department of Industrial Relations, the
Department of General Services, and the Commission on Building
Standards, which shall be known as the Asbestos Assessment Task Force
to analyze the magnitude of the asbestos problem in public
The State Department of Health Services shall be responsible for
coordinating the work of the Asbestos Assessment Task Force and
compiling a report to include all of the following:
(a) A statewide inspection plan and a schedule for assessing the
presence and condition of asbestos in public buildings. In developing
the inspection plan the Asbestos Assessment Task Force shall do all
of the following:
(1) Inspect a representative sample of public buildings and
utilize the data to project priorities and costs for inspection and
asbestos abatement and control required for public buildings.
(2) Design a uniform reporting form for building inspection to
document the presence of asbestos and their location within the
building. The form shall contain an evaluation of the extent to which
any asbestos materials are loose, friable, flaking, dusting or
otherwise show evidence of damage, deterioration, or disturbance and
the causes, if ascertainable, of such problems.
(3) Develop criteria to rate buildings according to the degree of
hazard posed by the presence and condition of the asbestos materials
in the buildings. The criteria shall include, but not be limited to,
considerations of the exposure potential for the type of public and
employee use of the building and the condition and location of the
asbestos material. The criteria shall include a designation of an
emergency situation in which the condition or location of the
asbestos materials constitutes an imminent and severe threat to human
(4) Design an emergency procedure for buildings in which the
condition of the asbestos materials constitutes an imminent and
severe threat to human health.
(5) Design an information system which will provide building
maintenance personnel, employees and the public with information
about the asbestos materials in the building. The information system
shall include a notification procedure for employees and the public
concerning any activities to contain or remove asbestos materials or
to renovate, repair, or engage in construction activities in
buildings containing asbestos materials.
(6) Design a statewide register which contains information,
including, but not limited to, reports of any inspection for asbestos
and any containment, abatement, encapsulation or other asbestos
(b) Review the relevant research, laws and regulations and develop
methods and standards to accurately assess the potential for
employee and public exposure to asbestos in public buildings. These
methods and standards shall include recommendations for effective
asbestos control which may be taken to minimize employee and public
exposure and recommendations regarding standards for minimum levels
of asbestos concentration in ambient air in public buildings. In
developing the methods and standards the Asbestos Assessment Task
Force shall hold public hearings to obtain testimony from the
scientific community and the public.
The duties to inspect public buildings and to report to the
Legislature which are imposed on the state pursuant to this chapter
shall not be interpreted to impose on the state, the University of
California, or any local agency any duty to repair buildings if that
duty does not exist on the date this chapter becomes operative.
Local agencies are urged to provide the Asbestos Assessment Task
Force with data needed by the task force to complete the duties
imposed pursuant to this chapter.
If any building standards are adopted pursuant to this
chapter, the standards shall be placed in the appropriate sections of
the State Building Standards Code, contained in Title 24 of the
California Administrative Code.