[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Great Neck Plaza 8-19-1987 as L.L. No. 11-1987. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Housing maintenance standards — See Ch. 124.
The Board of Trustees hereby finds that exposure to airborne asbestos fibers and particles in the air has been linked by reputable medical and scientific authorities to a significant increase in the incidence of certain diseases and that substantial amounts of materials containing asbestos have been used in buildings for fireproofing, insulation, soundproofing, decorative and other purposes. The Board further finds that a major cause of asbestos becoming airborne is due to the performance of building renovation, repair and demolition without adequate adherence to procedures for safeguarding workers and the general public by persons who have not received adequate training in the handling of materials containing asbestos. It is therefore the purpose of this chapter to safeguard the public health and safety by requiring that workers who handle asbestos or materials containing asbestos in the course of constructing, repairing, renovating or demolishing buildings within the village, as well as persons who supervise such workers, receive appropriate training. It is further the intent of the Board that the requirements of this chapter shall be in addition to, and not in lieu of, any training or certification requirements imposed on such persons under the laws of New York State or under the rules and regulations of the New York State Commissioners of Labor or Health.
The following terms, when used in this chapter, shall mean the following:
- APPROVED ASBESTOS SAFETY PROGRAM
- A program approved by the State of New York or by the City of New York, providing training in the handling and use of asbestos and asbestos material, education concerning safety and health risks inherent in such handling and use and training in techniques for minimizing exposure of the public to asbestos fibers.
- Any naturally occurring hydrated mineral silicate separable into commercially usable fibers, including chrysotile (serpentine), amosite (cummingtonite-grunerite), crocidolite (riebeckite), tremolite, anthrophyllite and actinolite.
- ASBESTOS MATERIAL
- Any material containing more than 1% by weight of asbestos.
- ASBESTOS PROJECT
- Work undertaken by a contractor which involves the installation, removal, encapsulation, application or enclosure of any asbestos or asbestos removal or the disturbance of friable asbestos.
- The state, any political subdivision of the state, a public authority or any other governmental agency or instrumentality thereof, self-employed person, company, unincorporated association, firm, partnership or corporation and any owner or operator thereof, which engages in an asbestos project or employs persons engaged in an asbestos project.
- That condition of crumbled, pulverized, powdered, crushed or exposed asbestos which is capable of being released into the air by hand pressure.
No contractor shall, within the village, engage in or permit a person employed by the contractor to engage in work on an asbestos project or to supervise persons engaging in such work unless each such person and supervisor has successfully completed an approved asbestos safety program.
No contractor shall commence work on any asbestos project within the village prior to providing the Village Building Inspector with satisfactory proof that all persons and supervisors engaging in work on such asbestos project have successfully completed an approved asbestos safety program.
Any person engaged in work on an asbestos project or in the supervision of such work shall have in his or her possession at all times during the work on the project satisfactory proof of the successful completion of an approved asbestos safety program and shall, upon request, provide such proof to the Village Building Inspector or to other appropriate officials of the village.
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall be punishable for each violation by a fine not to exceed $250 or by imprisonment for a period not to exceed 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.