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Title XXXII
REGULATION OF PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS
Chapter 469
ASBESTOS ABATEMENT
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CHAPTER 469
CHAPTER 469
ASBESTOS ABATEMENT
469.001 Definitions.
469.002 Exemptions.
469.003 License required.
469.004 License; asbestos consultant; asbestos contractor.
469.005 License requirements.
469.006 Licensure of business organizations; qualifying agents.
469.007 Responsibilities.
469.008 Fees.
469.009 License revocation, suspension, and denial of issuance or renewal.
469.011 Authority to make rules.
469.012 Course requirements for onsite supervisors and asbestos abatement workers.
469.013 Course requirements for asbestos surveyors, management planners, project monitors, and project designers.
469.014 Approval of asbestos training courses and providers.
469.001 Definitions.As used in this chapter:
(1) “Abatement” means the removal, encapsulation, enclosure, or disposal of asbestos.
(2) “AHERA” means the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act of 1986, 15 U.S.C. s. 2601, and any rules adopted thereunder.
(3) “Asbestos” means the asbestiform varieties of chrysotile, crocidolite, amosite, anthophyllite, tremolite, and actinolite.
(4) “Asbestos abatement worker” means a person who works as an employee under the direction of a licensed asbestos contractor, and includes any person directly engaged in abatement activities.
(5) “Asbestos consultant” means a person who offers to, undertakes to, submits a bid to, or does, individually or by employing others, conduct surveys for asbestos-containing materials, develop operation and maintenance plans, monitor and evaluate asbestos abatement, prepare asbestos abatement specifications, or perform related tasks.
(6) “Asbestos-containing material” means any material which contains more than 1 percent asbestos as determined by polarized light microscopy.
(7) “Asbestos contractor” means the person who is qualified and responsible for the contracted project and who offers to, undertakes to, submits a bid to, or does, individually or by employing others, remove, encapsulate, or enclose asbestos-containing materials or dispose of asbestos-containing waste in the course of activities including, but not limited to, construction, renovation, maintenance, or demolition.
(8) “Asbestos surveyor” means a person who works under the direction of a licensed asbestos consultant and engages in the survey and assessment of asbestos-containing materials. This term is synonymous with “inspector” under AHERA.
(9) “ASHARA” means the Asbestos School Hazard Reauthorization Act.
(10) “Department” means the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
(11) “Encapsulation” means the application of any coating to asbestos-containing material to prevent fiber release.
(12) “Enclosure” means the construction of an airtight barrier around asbestos-containing material to prevent fiber release.
(13) “Friable” means the condition of any asbestos-containing materials which, when dry, may be crumbled, pulverized, or reduced to powder by hand pressure.
(14) “Management planner” means a person who works under the direction of a licensed asbestos consultant and engages in the development of asbestos abatement schedules or operation and maintenance plans.
(15) “NESHAP” means the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants, 40 C.F.R. part 61, subpart M.
(16) “NIOSH” means the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
(17) “Onsite roofing supervisor” means a person who works under the direction of a roofing contractor certified pursuant to part I of chapter 489 and provides supervision of removal of asbestos-containing roofing materials at the project site at all times when such activities are being performed.
(18) “Onsite supervisor” means a person who works under the direction of a licensed asbestos contractor and provides supervision of abatement activities at the abatement project site at all times when such activities are being performed. This term is synonymous with “onsite representative” in the NESHAP asbestos standard.
(19) “Operation and maintenance plan” means a set of work practices and procedures undertaken to clean up previously released asbestos fibers, prevent future release of fibers by minimizing disturbance or damage to asbestos-containing materials, or monitor the condition of the asbestos-containing materials.
(20) “OSHA” means the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
(21) “Project designer” means a person who works under the direction of a licensed asbestos consultant and engages in the design of project specifications for asbestos abatement projects.
(22) “Project monitor” means a person who monitors asbestos abatement projects for compliance with project specifications, applicable safety and health regulations, and other contract requirements under the direction of a licensed asbestos consultant.
(23) “Survey” means the process of inspecting a facility for the presence of asbestos-containing materials to determine the location and condition of asbestos-containing materials prior to transfer of property, renovation, demolition, or maintenance projects which may disturb asbestos-containing materials.
(24) “Training-course provider” means an entity or any of its agents engaged in providing training courses required by this chapter.
History.s. 53, ch. 94-119; s. 12, ch. 98-419; s. 14, ch. 99-254.
469.002 Exemptions.
(1) This chapter does not apply to:
(a) An authorized employee of the United States, this state, or any municipality, county, or other political subdivision, public or private school, or private entity who has completed all training required by NESHAP and OSHA or by ASHARA for the activities described in this paragraph and who is conducting abatement work solely for maintenance purposes within the scope of the person’s employment involving less than 160 square feet of asbestos-containing materials or less than 260 linear feet of asbestos-containing material on pipe, so long as the employee is not available for hire or does not otherwise engage in asbestos abatement, contracting, or consulting.
(b) Asbestos-related activities which disturb asbestos-containing materials within manufacturing, utility, or military facilities and which are undertaken by regular full-time employees of the owner or operator who have completed all training required by this chapter or NESHAP and OSHA for conducting such activities in areas where access is restricted to authorized personnel who are carrying out specific assignments.
(c) Reinspections at public or private schools, whether K-12 or any other configuration, when conducted by an employee who has completed the AHERA-required training for such reinspections pursuant to this chapter and who is conducting work within the scope of the person’s employment.
(d) Moving, removal, or disposal of asbestos-containing materials on a residential building where the owner occupies the building, the building is not for sale or lease, and the work is performed according to the owner-builder limitations provided in this paragraph. To qualify for exemption under this paragraph, an owner must personally appear and sign the building permit application. The permitting agency shall provide the person with a disclosure statement as provided in chapter 1 of the Florida Building Code.
(e) An authorized employee of the United States, this state, or any municipality, county, or other political subdivision who has completed all training required by NESHAP and OSHA or by ASHARA for the activities described in this paragraph, while engaged in asbestos-related activities involving the demolition of a building owned by that governmental unit, where such activities are within the scope of that employment and the employee does not hold out for hire or otherwise engage in asbestos abatement, contracting, or consulting.
(2) Licensure as an asbestos contractor is not required for the moving, removal, or disposal of asbestos-containing roofing material by a roofing contractor certified or registered under part I of chapter 489, if all such activities are performed under the direction of an onsite roofing supervisor trained as provided in s. 469.012.
(3) Licensure as an asbestos contractor or asbestos consultant is not required for the moving, removal, repair, maintenance, or disposal, or related inspections, of asbestos-containing resilient floor covering or its adhesive, if:
(a) The resilient floor covering is a Category I nonfriable material as defined in NESHAP and remains a Category I nonfriable material during removal activity.
(b) All such activities are performed in accordance with all applicable asbestos standards of the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration under 29 C.F.R. part 1926.
(c) The removal is not subject to asbestos licensing or accreditation requirements under federal asbestos NESHAP regulations of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
(d) Written notice of the time, place, and company performing the removal and certification that all conditions required under this subsection are met are provided to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation at least 3 days prior to such removal. The contractor removing such flooring materials is responsible for maintaining proof that all the conditions required under this subsection are met.

The department may inspect removal sites to determine compliance with this subsection and shall adopt rules governing inspections.

(4) Licensure as an asbestos consultant or contractor is not required for the repair, maintenance, removal, or disposal of asbestos-containing pipe or conduit, if:
(a) The pipe or conduit is used for electrical, electronic, communications, gas, sewer, or water service;
(b) The pipe or conduit is not located in a building;
(c) The pipe or conduit is made of Category I or Category II nonfriable material as defined in NESHAP; and
(d) All such activities are performed according to all applicable regulations, including work practices and training, of the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration under 29 C.F.R. part 1926.
(5) Nothing in this section shall be construed to alter or affect otherwise applicable Florida Statutes and rules promulgated thereunder, or Environmental Protection Agency or OSHA regulations regarding asbestos activities.
History.s. 53, ch. 94-119; s. 13, ch. 98-419; s. 15, ch. 99-254; s. 36, ch. 2000-141; s. 34, ch. 2001-186; s. 3, ch. 2001-372; s. 36, ch. 2011-213; s. 9, ch. 2012-61.
469.003 License required.
(1) No person may conduct an asbestos survey, develop an operation and maintenance plan, or monitor and evaluate asbestos abatement unless trained and licensed as an asbestos consultant as required by this chapter.
(2) No person may prepare asbestos abatement specifications unless trained and licensed as an asbestos consultant as required by this chapter.
(3) No person may conduct asbestos abatement work unless licensed by the department under this chapter as an asbestos contractor, except as otherwise provided in this chapter.
History.s. 53, ch. 94-119; s. 37, ch. 2011-213.
469.004 License; asbestos consultant; asbestos contractor.
(1) All asbestos consultants must be licensed by the department. An asbestos consultant’s license may be issued only to an applicant who holds a current, valid, active license as an architect issued under chapter 481; holds a current, valid, active license as a professional engineer issued under chapter 471; holds a current, valid, active license as a professional geologist issued under chapter 492; is a diplomat of the American Board of Industrial Hygiene; or has been awarded designation as a Certified Safety Professional by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.
(2) All asbestos contractors must be licensed by the department. An asbestos contractor may not perform abatement activities involving work that affects building structures or systems. Work on building structures or systems may be performed only by a contractor licensed under chapter 489.
(3) A license issued under this chapter must be renewed every 2 years. Before an asbestos contractor’s license may be renewed, the licensee must complete a 1-day course of continuing education during each of the preceding 2 years. Before an asbestos consultant’s license may be renewed, the licensee must complete a 2-day course of continuing education during each of the preceding 2 years.
History.ss. 53, 54, ch. 94-119; ss. 3, 6, ch. 95-200; s. 14, ch. 98-419; s. 16, ch. 99-254.
469.005 License requirements.All applicants for licensure as either asbestos consultants or asbestos contractors shall:
(1) Pay the initial licensing fee.
(2) When applying for licensure as an asbestos consultant, successfully complete the following department-approved courses:
(a) A building asbestos surveys and mechanical systems course. Such course shall consist of not less than 3 days of instruction.
(b) An asbestos management planning course. Such course shall consist of not less than 2 days of instruction.
(c) A respiratory protection course. Such course shall consist of not less than 3 days of instruction.
(d) A project designer course. Such course shall consist of not less than 3 days of instruction.
(3) When applying for licensure as an asbestos contractor, successfully complete the following department-approved courses:
(a) An asbestos contractor/supervisor course. Such course shall consist of not less than 5 days of instruction.
(b) A respiratory protection course. Such course shall consist of not less than 3 days of instruction.
(4) Provide evidence of satisfactory work on 10 asbestos projects within the last 5 years.
(5) Provide evidence of financial stability.
(6) Pass a department-approved examination of qualifications and knowledge relating to asbestos.
History.s. 53, ch. 94-119; s. 15, ch. 98-419; s. 17, ch. 99-254; s. 1, ch. 2000-154.
469.006 Licensure of business organizations; qualifying agents.
(1) If an individual proposes to engage in consulting or contracting in that individual’s own name, the license may be issued only to that individual.
(2)(a) If the applicant proposes to engage in consulting or contracting as a partnership, corporation, business trust, or other legal entity, or in any name other than the applicant’s legal name, the legal entity must apply for licensure through a qualifying agent or the individual applicant must apply for licensure under the fictitious name.
(b) The application must state the name of the partnership and of each of its partners, the name of the corporation and of each of its officers and directors and the name of each of its stockholders who is also an officer or director, the name of the business trust and of each of its trustees, or the name of such other legal entity and of each of its members.
1. The application for primary qualifying agent must include an affidavit on a form provided by the department attesting that the applicant’s signature is required on all checks, drafts, or payments, regardless of the form of payment, made by the entity, and that the applicant has final approval authority for all construction work performed by the entity.
2. The application for financially responsible officer must include an affidavit on a form provided by the department attesting that the applicant’s signature is required on all checks, drafts, or payments, regardless of the form of payment, made by the entity, and that the applicant has authority to act for the business organization in all financial matters.
3. The application for secondary qualifying agent must include an affidavit on a form provided by the department attesting that the applicant has authority to supervise all construction work performed by the entity as provided in s. 489.1195(2).
(c) As a prerequisite to the issuance of a license under this section, the applicant shall submit the following:
1. An affidavit on a form provided by the department attesting that the applicant has obtained workers’ compensation insurance as required by chapter 440, public liability insurance, and property damage insurance, in amounts determined by department rule. The department shall establish by rule a procedure to verify the accuracy of such affidavits based upon a random sample method.
2. Evidence of financial responsibility. The department shall adopt rules to determine financial responsibility which shall specify grounds on which the department may deny licensure. Such criteria shall include, but not be limited to, credit history and limits of bondability and credit.
(d) A joint venture, including a joint venture composed of qualified business organizations, is itself a separate and distinct organization that must be qualified in accordance with department rules.
(e) The license, when issued upon application of a business organization, must be in the name of the business organization, and the name of the qualifying agent must be noted thereon. If there is a change in any information that is required to be stated on the application, the business organization shall, within 45 days after such change occurs, mail the correct information to the department.
(f) The applicant must furnish evidence of statutory compliance if a fictitious name is used, the provisions of s. 865.09(7) notwithstanding.
(3) The qualifying agent shall be licensed under this chapter in order for the business organization to be licensed in the category of the business conducted for which the qualifying agent is licensed. If any qualifying agent ceases to be affiliated with such business organization, the agent shall so inform the department. In addition, if such qualifying agent is the only licensed individual affiliated with the business organization, the business organization shall notify the department of the termination of the qualifying agent and shall have 60 days from the termination of the qualifying agent’s affiliation with the business organization in which to employ another qualifying agent. The business organization may not engage in consulting or contracting until a qualifying agent is employed, unless the department has granted a temporary nonrenewable license to the financially responsible officer, the president, the sole proprietor, a partner, or, in the case of a limited partnership, the general partner, who assumes all responsibilities of a primary qualifying agent for the entity. This temporary license shall only allow the entity to proceed with incomplete contracts.
(4)(a) The qualifying agent shall inform the department in writing if the agent proposes to engage in consulting or contracting in the agent’s own name or in affiliation with another business organization, and the agent or the new business organization shall supply the same information to the department as is required of initial applicants under this chapter.
(b) Upon a favorable determination by the department, after investigation of the financial responsibility, credit, and business reputation of the qualifying agent and the new business organization, the department shall issue, without any examination, a new license in the business organization’s name, and the name of the qualifying agent shall be noted thereon.
(5)(a) Each asbestos consultant or contractor shall affix the consultant’s or contractor’s signature and license number to each construction document, plan, or any other document prepared or approved for use by the licensee which is related to any asbestos abatement project and filed for public record with any governmental agency, and to any offer, bid, or contract submitted to a client.
(b) The license number of each consultant or contractor shall appear in any printed matter or any newspaper, airwave transmission, phone directory, or other advertising medium offering or related to asbestos consulting or contracting, as provided by department rule.
(6) Each qualifying agent shall pay the department an amount equal to the original fee for licensure of a new business organization. If the qualifying agent for a business organization desires to qualify additional business organizations, the department shall require the agent to present evidence of supervisory ability and financial responsibility of each such organization. Allowing a licensee to qualify more than one business organization shall be conditioned upon the licensee showing that the licensee has both the capacity and intent to adequately supervise each business organization. The department shall not limit the number of business organizations which the licensee may qualify except upon the licensee’s failure to provide such information as is required under this subsection or upon a finding that such information or evidence as is supplied is incomplete or unpersuasive in showing the licensee’s capacity and intent to comply with the requirements of this subsection. A qualification for an additional business organization may be revoked or suspended upon a finding by the department that the licensee has failed in the licensee’s responsibility to adequately supervise the operations of the business organization. Failure to adequately supervise the operations of a business organization shall be grounds for denial to qualify additional business organizations.
(7) If a business organization or any of its partners, officers, directors, trustees, or members is disciplined, other than by citation, for violating s. 469.009(2), the department may, on that basis alone, deny issuance, or issue with conditions, a license to a business organization, financially responsible officer, or qualifying agent.
History.s. 53, ch. 94-119; s. 16, ch. 98-419; s. 18, ch. 99-254.
469.007 Responsibilities.
(1) A qualifying agent is a primary qualifying agent unless that agent is a secondary qualifying agent under this section.
(a) All primary qualifying agents for a business organization are jointly and equally responsible for supervision of all operations of the business organization, for all field work at all sites, and for financial matters, both for the organization in general and for each specific job.
(b) Upon approval by the department, a business entity may designate a financially responsible officer for purposes of licensure. A financially responsible officer shall assume personal responsibility for all financial aspects of the business organization and shall not be designated as the primary qualifying agent.
(c) Where a business organization has a licensed financially responsible officer, the primary qualifying agent shall be responsible for all construction or consulting activities of the business organization, both in general and for each specific job.
(2)(a) One of the qualifying agents for a business organization that has more than one qualifying agent may be designated as the sole primary qualifying agent for the business organization by a joint agreement that is executed, on a form provided by the department, by all qualifying agents for the business organization.
(b) The joint agreement must be submitted to the department for approval. If the department determines that the joint agreement is in good order, it shall approve the designation and immediately notify the qualifying agents of such approval. The designation made by the joint agreement is effective upon receipt of the notice by the qualifying agents.
(c) The qualifying agent designated for a business organization by a joint agreement is the sole primary qualifying agent for the business organization, and all other qualifying agents for the business organization are secondary qualifying agents.
(d) A designated sole primary qualifying agent has all the responsibilities and duties of a primary qualifying agent, notwithstanding that there are secondary qualifying agents for specified jobs. The designated sole primary qualifying agent is jointly and equally responsible with secondary qualifying agents for field work supervision.
(e) A secondary qualifying agent is responsible only for:
1. The supervision of field work at sites where that agent’s license was used to obtain the building permit.
2. Any other work for which that agent accepts responsibility. A secondary qualifying agent is not responsible for supervision of financial matters.
(3)(a) A qualifying agent who has been designated by a joint agreement as the sole primary qualifying agent for a business organization may terminate that status by giving actual notice to the business organization, to the department, and to all secondary qualifying agents of the agent’s intention to terminate that status. Notice to the department must include proof satisfactory to the department that the agent has given the notice required in this paragraph.
(b) The status of the qualifying agent shall cease upon the designation of a new primary qualifying agent or 60 days after satisfactory notice of termination has been provided to the department, whichever first occurs.
(c) If no new primary qualifying agent has been designated within 60 days, all secondary qualifying agents for the business organization shall become primary qualifying agents unless the joint agreement specifies that one or more of them shall become sole qualifying agents under such circumstances, in which case only they shall become sole qualifying agents.
(d) Any change in the status of a qualifying agent is prospective only. A qualifying agent is not responsible for any predecessor’s actions but is responsible, even after a change in status, for all matters that were the agent’s own responsibility while in a particular status.
History.s. 53, ch. 94-119.
469.008 Fees.The department shall establish, by rule, reasonable fees to be paid for applications, examinations, licensing and renewal, recordmaking, and recordkeeping. Fees for application, initial licensure, renewal, or reactivation may not exceed $500 per applicant. The department may, by rule, establish late renewal penalty fees, in an amount not to exceed the initial licensure fee.
History.s. 53, ch. 94-119.
469.009 License revocation, suspension, and denial of issuance or renewal.
(1) The department may revoke, suspend, or deny the issuance or renewal of a license; reprimand, censure, or place on probation any contractor, consultant, financially responsible officer, or business organization; require financial restitution to a consumer; impose an administrative fine not to exceed $5,000 per violation; require continuing education; or assess costs associated with any investigation and prosecution if the contractor or consultant, or business organization or officer or agent thereof, is found guilty of any of the following acts:
(a) Willfully or deliberately disregarding or violating the health and safety standards of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, the Construction Safety Act, the National Emission Standards for Asbestos, the Environmental Protection Agency Asbestos Abatement Projects Worker Protection Rule, the Florida Statutes or rules promulgated thereunder, or any ordinance enacted by a political subdivision of this state.
(b) Violating any provision of chapter 455.
(c) Failing in any material respect to comply with the provisions of this chapter or any rule promulgated hereunder.
(d) Acting in the capacity of an asbestos contractor or asbestos consultant under any license issued under this chapter except in the name of the licensee as set forth on the issued license.
(e) Proceeding on any job without obtaining all applicable approvals, authorizations, permits, and inspections.
(f) Obtaining a license by fraud or misrepresentation.
(g) Being convicted or found guilty of, or entering a plea of nolo contendere to, regardless of adjudication, a crime in any jurisdiction which directly relates to the practice of asbestos consulting or contracting or the ability to practice asbestos consulting or contracting.
(h) Knowingly violating any building code, lifesafety code, or county or municipal ordinance relating to the practice of asbestos consulting or contracting.
(i) Performing any act which assists a person or entity in engaging in the prohibited unlicensed practice of asbestos consulting or contracting, if the licensee knows or has reasonable grounds to know that the person or entity was unlicensed.
(j) Committing mismanagement or misconduct in the practice of contracting that causes financial harm to a customer. Financial mismanagement or misconduct occurs when:
1. Valid liens have been recorded against the property of a contractor’s customer for supplies or services ordered by the contractor for the customer’s job; the contractor has received funds from the customer to pay for the supplies or services; and the contractor has not had the liens removed from the property, by payment or by bond, within 75 days after the date of such liens;
2. The contractor has abandoned a customer’s job and the percentage of completion is less than the percentage of the total contract price paid to the contractor as of the time of abandonment, unless the contractor is entitled to retain such funds under the terms of the contract or refunds the excess funds within 30 days after the date the job is abandoned; or
3. The contractor’s job has been completed, and it is shown that the customer has had to pay more for the contracted job than the original contract price, as adjusted for subsequent change orders, unless such increase in cost was the result of circumstances beyond the control of the contractor, was the result of circumstances caused by the customer, or was otherwise permitted by the terms of the contract between the contractor and the customer.
(k) Being disciplined by any municipality or county for an act or violation of this chapter.
(l) Failing in any material respect to comply with the provisions of this chapter, or violating a rule or lawful order of the department.
(m) Abandoning an asbestos abatement project in which the asbestos contractor is engaged or under contract as a contractor. A project may be presumed abandoned after 20 days if the contractor terminates the project without just cause and without proper notification to the owner, including the reason for termination; if the contractor fails to reasonably secure the project to safeguard the public while work is stopped; or if the contractor fails to perform work without just cause for 20 days.
(n) Signing a statement with respect to a project or contract falsely indicating that the work is bonded; falsely indicating that payment has been made for all subcontracted work, labor, and materials which results in a financial loss to the owner, purchaser, or contractor; or falsely indicating that workers’ compensation and public liability insurance are provided.
(o) Committing fraud or deceit in the practice of asbestos consulting or contracting.
(p) Committing incompetency or misconduct in the practice of asbestos consulting or contracting.
(q) Committing gross negligence, repeated negligence, or negligence resulting in a significant danger to life or property in the practice of asbestos consulting or contracting.
(r) Intimidating, threatening, coercing, or otherwise discouraging the service of a notice to owner under part I of chapter 713 or a notice to contractor under chapter 255 or part I of chapter 713.
(s) Failing to satisfy, within a reasonable time, the terms of a civil judgment obtained against the licensee, or the business organization qualified by the licensee, relating to the practice of the licensee’s profession.

For the purposes of this subsection, construction is considered to be commenced when the contract is executed and the contractor has accepted funds from the customer or lender.

(2) If a contractor or consultant disciplined under subsection (1) is a qualifying agent for a business organization and the violation was performed in connection with any asbestos survey, operation and maintenance plan, abatement project, or asbestos-related activities undertaken by that business organization, the department may impose an additional administrative fine not to exceed $5,000 per violation against the business organization or against any partner, officer, director, trustee, or member of such organization if such person participated in the violation or knew or should have known of the violation and failed to take reasonable corrective action.
(3) Nothing in this chapter may be construed to limit the power of any board within the department to discipline any licensee disciplined pursuant to this chapter for acts which constitute a violation of any other practice act, notwithstanding that such acts are part of the same transaction or occurrence.
(4) Revocation of any license under this chapter is permanent.
(a) A licensee is not eligible to apply for relicensure and is not eligible to be a partner, officer, director, or trustee of, or be employed in a managerial or supervisory capacity by, a business organization defined by s. 469.006 for a period of 5 years from the date the revocation is effective.
(b) The department shall by rule provide criteria for application for licensure following revocation.
History.s. 53, ch. 94-119; s. 106, ch. 98-166; s. 167, ch. 2000-160.
469.011 Authority to make rules.The department shall adopt rules pursuant to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 to implement the provisions of this chapter. In developing the rules, the department shall consider related Florida Statutes and the rules promulgated thereunder, the criteria established in the Environmental Protection Agency Guidelines, and AHERA, ASHARA, NESHAP, and OSHA regulations.
History.s. 53, ch. 94-119; s. 19, ch. 99-254.
469.012 Course requirements for onsite supervisors and asbestos abatement workers.
(1) Each asbestos contractor’s onsite supervisor must complete an asbestos contractor/supervisor course of not less than 5 days prior to engaging in onsite supervision. Such training shall cover the nature of the health risks, the medical effects of exposure, federal and state asbestos laws and regulations, worker protection, and work area protection. Each onsite supervisor must also complete a continuing education course of not less than 1 day in length each year.
(2) All asbestos abatement workers, including onsite supervisors, must complete a department-approved course of not less than 4 days in abatement prior to removing, encapsulating, enclosing, or disposing of asbestos-containing materials.
(3) Onsite roofing supervisors must complete a department-approved asbestos roofing course prior to engaging in the removal of asbestos-containing roofing materials.
(4) All asbestos abatement workers, including onsite supervisors, must complete, as a condition of renewal of accreditation, such courses of continuing education each year as are approved and required by the department.
(5) Each asbestos or roofing contractor shall be responsible for securing and retaining all records in order to verify that all persons working under that contractor’s direction have completed all required courses. Such records shall be produced upon the department’s request.
History.s. 53, ch. 94-119; s. 5, ch. 95-200; s. 20, ch. 99-254.
469.013 Course requirements for asbestos surveyors, management planners, project monitors, and project designers.
(1) All asbestos surveyors, management planners, and project monitors must comply with the requirements set forth in this section prior to commencing such activities and must also complete the continuing education necessary to maintain accreditation each year.
(a) Management planners must complete all requirements of s. 469.005(2)(b) and (d).
(b) Asbestos surveyors must complete all requirements of s. 469.005(2)(a).
(c) Project monitors must complete all requirements of s. 469.005(3)(a) and must also complete an asbestos sampling course which is equivalent to NIOSH Course 582.
(d) Project designers must complete all requirements of s. 469.005(2)(d).
(2) Each asbestos consultant shall be responsible for securing and retaining all records in order to verify that all surveyors, planners, monitors, and designers working under that consultant’s direction have completed all required courses. Such records shall be produced upon the department’s request.
History.s. 53, ch. 94-119; s. 17, ch. 98-419; s. 21, ch. 99-254.
469.014 Approval of asbestos training courses and providers.
(1) The department shall approve training courses and the providers of such courses as are required under this chapter. The department must also approve training courses and the providers of such courses who offer training for persons who are exempt from licensure as an asbestos contractor or asbestos consultant under s. 469.002(3).
(2) The department shall, by rule, prescribe criteria for approving training courses and course providers and may by rule modify the training required by this chapter.
(3) The department may enter into agreements with other states for the reciprocal approval of training courses or training-course providers.
(4) The department shall, by rule, establish reasonable fees in an amount not to exceed the cost of evaluation, approval, and recordmaking and recordkeeping of training courses and training-course providers.
(5) The department may impose against a training-course provider any penalty that it may impose against a licensee under this chapter or s. 455.227, may decline to approve courses, and may withdraw approval of courses proposed by a provider who has, or whose agent has, been convicted of, or pled guilty or nolo contendere to, or entered into a stipulation or consent agreement relating to, without regard to adjudication, any crime or administrative violation in any jurisdiction which involves fraud, deceit, or false or fraudulent representations made in the course of seeking approval of or providing training courses.
History.s. 53, ch. 94-119; s. 4, ch. 95-200; s. 18, ch. 98-419.