September 1999

September 1999
This newsletter is on the MDE web site:
Parris N.Glendening
Jane T. Nishida
Air & Radiation
2500 Broening Hwy.
Baltimore, MD
Published by
The Asbestos
Accreditation &
School Assistance
Mardel Knight
(410) 631-3801
(800) 633-6101
[email protected] or
[email protected]
FAX (410 )631-3924
(800) 735-2258
Maryland Relay
Volume V, No . 4
September 1999
There seems to be confusion, lack of interest, or ??? I have heard from
very few of you regarding the mailing of the newsletter. As I said in the
June issue, this issue will be the last issue that we mail directly to everyone. Publishing the newsletter and preparing the bulk mailing is very
labor intensive. We were never sure if every one to whom it was sent
actually received it and the incorrectly addressed newsletters were not
returned when sent as bulk mail.
Therefore, starting with the December 1999 issue, the newsletter will be posted on MDE's webpage and will only be mailed
first class to those who ask for it to be mailed.
FOR IT. Let me know that you still want the newsletter by mail by
sending a postcard, letter, or an e-mail request to the e-mail addresses
along the left side of this page. A phone call works, too.
The newsletter will be available on the website,, and ready
for downloading on the last day of each quarter (March 31, June 30, September
30, and December 31).
PLEASE NOTE: The newsletter is important for you and us as we make announcements of meetings, regulation changes, policy issues, etc. Make sure that you notify me
before December 15, 1999 if you STILL want the newsletter mailed to you.
This issue will be mailed first class to all of the current recipients to ensure that everyone
has adequate notice of these changes. We do appreciate the cooperation of those who
have agreed to receive an e-mail copy or download their copy from the website.
I am extremely pleased at the number of calls we have received from folks who are using
our website to access applications, etc. This really helps us and allows you to receive your
forms, etc. immediately. Some of you have had a little trouble, so here's help on making
access easier. Occasionally you may have trouble
getting through the firewall, so try again later, and
if all else fails; we can send the forms, etc. as an email attachment or by regular mail.
In order to make your access as easy as possible,
please do the following:
(1) go to the Department’s home page at;
(2) on the right side of the page is a box that asks
you to choose a topic, open the list of topics by
clicking on the arrow and select the “Asbestos &
Industrial Hygiene" topic; and
(3) scroll down the page (so you can see all of
the documents) and you will see the program’s
forms in both the Adobe® Acrobat® portable
document format (.pdf) and in Word 97. The four
documents at the top of the page have the file extension .pdf and can be read only if you have
installed the free Adobe® Acrobat® Reader program. There is a link, the yellow, black, and red
logo, to the Adobe website from which you may
download the program. This is a small program
and takes only a few minutes to download and
install. This program is useful for other websites
such as OSHA and EPA. Please note that some of
the documents and forms can only be accessed
by using the Adobe® Acrobat® Reader. If you do
not have Word 97, please do not download the
applications, etc. in that format because the forms
will either not open in your word processor or
will look very different.
There are several documents available for
schools, contractors, training providers, etc. on
our website. Two of these are very useful for designated persons. The "100 Commonly Asked
Questions About the New AHERA Asbestos-InSchools Rule" is required reading for the designated persons who are doing self-study for their
training. The "100 Questions.." is useful for anyone concerned with asbestos in schools.
A second document, the "Designated Persons'
Self-Study Guide" goes into great detail about the
Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act
(AHERA) and will be useful to the designated
persons. DO NOT USE the forms in the manual.
There are forms on the website, in both formats,
that are mandatory for the initial inspection and
management plan.
The MDE 253: Required Elements Checklist is
the form that our staff uses to evaluate management plans when the plans are sent to our office.
The checklist is also a good way to review the
management plan to ensure that the accredited
inspector/management planner has completed
all of the AHERA requirements for the inspection and management plan.
For some of you this may be your first newsletter, but it won't be the last! For the past 3 years
the Maryland State Department of Education
(MSDE) has supplied us with copies of the letters that were sent to the nonpublic schools.
These are the letters that accompanied your "certificate of approval to operate a nonpublic educational program" and "the letter of registration as a church-exempt school". The latter category of schools are those that are operated by a
bona fide church organization. These schools are
not exempt from the requirements of AHERA.
Beginning August 1, 1999 we are sending these
"new schools" a certified letter and packet of information about the AHERA requirements. Sixty
(60) days after you receive the letter (someone at
your school did sign the return receipt), we must
have a management plan for your facility. If we
do not, we will forward the name of your facility
to Region III EPA. The EPA may take legal action against your school for failure to comply
with the AHERA requirements.
The AHERA regulations require schools to
inspect for asbestos and to manage it in place.
Schools are not required to remove the asbestos just because it is in a school!!!!
When you receive this certified letter from us,
please call so my staff or I may assist you in satisfying the AHERA requirements. We do not perform the inspections, etc., but we will provide
guidance on finding an accredited inspector/
management planner, provide forms, etc. If you
would like to have a site visit, at no charge, please
call and arrange for one of us to visit your school.
My staff and I are fully accredited inspectors and
management planners. With more than 10 years
experience in reviewing plans, etc. we can provide a great deal of help at no cost.
If the EPA decides to take enforcement action
for failure to have a management plan, the cost to
your school may start at $5,500!! Trust us, this is
much more expensive than going ahead and obtaining a management plan.
For those of you fortunate enough to qualify for
an exclusion, (for those schools completed after
October 12, 1988,) please use the exclusion forms
to complete your exclusion packet and send us a
copy. Be sure to include a dated copy of the notification that you made to parents, teachers,
and staff. Even with an exclusion, you must still
notify all interested parties annually. This requirement is necessary to let the "new" staff, parents,
and teachers know that the school has complied
with the AHERA requirements.
For all of you with management plans, make sure
that you perform the annual notification and insert a copy in the management plan. The requirement for an annual notification is one of 3 critical parts of AHERA in addition to the initial inspection and management plan and reinspections.
Just a reminder that the meeting cancelled due to
Hurricane Floyd has been rescheduled for October 6, 1999 at the same place and same time.
Foreign Language Courses: There seems to be
some confusion about the requirements for these
courses. Some of the amendments to COMAR
26.11.23 Asbestos Accreditation of Individuals,
and Approval of Training Courses (effective August 24, 1998) affected these courses. These are
the foreign language courses for the workers only,
both the initial course and the review course.
(1) An application fee is charged for these two
courses. COMAR 26.11.23.D.(1)
(2) These are separate courses and are not approved just because the English language worker
initial and review courses are approved. COMAR
(3) The instructor must be fluent in the language of instruction and qualified to be an instructor by virtue of training and experience
just as any other instructor for any of the other
courses. I cannot say too many times and too
often, translators are not allowed. Just because
a person speaks a language fluently does not
equate with knowledge of asbestos training topics!!! COMAR
(4) You must include a statement with the course
applications that the materials have been translated accurately to the best of your knowledge.
The training materials used in class must also be
translated into the language of instruction. Obviously if these people need a foreign language
course because of difficulties with English, THEN
these trainees require that the overheads and
slides, videos be presented in their language!!
The auditors have noticed recently that some
training providers need to have more instructors
for the hands-on portion of the classes. This is
particularly true when the work stations are in
separate rooms. Good instructors know that if
you do not keep an eye on trainees that some will
dash through their exercises or stand around
doing as little as possible. Even though our regu3
lations do not specify an instructor/trainee ratio, professionalism demands that there are
enough instructors for effective training.
Again some counterfeit certificates have surfaced. Contractors, you need to scrutinize the
certificates more closely. When you see photocopies of certificates, check carefully and be suspicious of poor print quality, crooked text, evidence of correction fluid on the forms. All individuals performing asbestos activities as workers, supervisors, inspectors, management planners, and project designers MUST have the
Maryland photo identification card while engaged in asbestos projects covered by COMAR
26.11.21 (except O&M projects) Control of Asbestos and for asbestos-related activities in
schools as described in COMAR 26.11.23. The
card is required for work in public and commercial facilities as well as schools. The Virginia license is not acceptable. These persons will have
to come to our office for a photo identification
card. These are done on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month. The individual must pay
$25.00 (no checks) and bring a copy of the most
current certificate, originals only. We do not accept photocopies and we reserve the right to
refuse providing the card if there are any questions about whether the card is legitimate or not.
There is a new interactive training program for
lockout/tagout procedures on the OSHA website.
Failure to correctly perform these procedures can
be deadly, especially on an asbestos abatement
site that has water (or should have).
For those of you concerned with exposures to
silica, there is a "silica advisor" that is similar to
the "asbestos advisor".
Management plans for state facilities are due on
September 30, 1999. The forms are now available
on-line, BUT the state facilities must still send a
hard copy to Rebecca MacEwen. If your inspector/management planner credentials were not
current when the plan was submitted, it will be
returned to you. It will need to be reviewed and
signed by a person with current credentials. If
you have any questions, please call Rebecca at
(410) 631-3801 or (800) 633-6101,-3801. Her
email address is: [email protected]
The training center at Spring
Grove is moving to Rosewood
late 1999 or early in 2000—stay
These are training classes for state employees
and are not open to the public.
Visit the OSHA web site at and
click "New". Read the September 10th Region 6
News Release and note the size of the fine levied
by OSHA against an asbestos abatement contractor in Texas. The really sad part of this story is
that the problems were not discovered until a fire
and explosion seriously injured three workers.
Auto I
Worker R
December 1999
No Classes!!
Happy Holidays!!
Supervisor R
Auto Worker I
Auto Worker I
If you must cancel, call
Mrs. Manger at (410)
631-3801 or (800) 6336101,-3801
[email protected]
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