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by Alliance Environmental · December 15, 2015

Emergency Renovation Guidelines



Subject: Emergency Renovation Guidelines

Alliance Environmental clients:

As 2015 comes to a close and we complete current jobs or begin planning for new ones in 2016, please keep in mind that there are some guidelines that govern a project’s status as an emergency or a planned renovation if it takes place within the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s (AQMD) territories: the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino.

When dealing with asbestos materials on anything greater than 1% asbestos content, there is a notification period that can range from 24-48 hours for emergency mobilizations and up to a 14-day waiting period, depending on whether the job meets the specified AQMD rule 1403 guidelines.

If the AQMD does not believe it is an emergency based on the 1403 guidelines, we must adhere to the waiting period or they can issue a notice to comply and then follow up with a notice of violation if (work continues and guidelines have not been met).

The AQMD rule 1403 defines an emergency in their guidelines as follows:

(15)     EMERGENCY RENOVATION is any renovation that was not planned and results from a sudden unexpected event that results in unsafe conditions.  Such events include, but are not limited to, renovations necessitated by non-routine failures of equipment, earthquake or fire damage.  An economic burden alone, without a sudden, unexpected event, does not give rise to conditions that meet this definition.

In addition, there is the section of the rule that specifies Emergency Renovation Additional Information, found on page 10, specifically 1403(d)(1)(B)(iv):

(iv)      Emergency Renovation Additional Information

Notification of all emergency renovation activities shall include the following additional information:

(I)        The name and phone number of the responsible manager or authorized person who is in charge of the emergency renovation;

(II)       The date and hour that the emergency occurred;

(III)      A description of the sudden, unexpected event;

(IV)     An explanation of how the event caused an unsafe condition, or would cause equipment damage or an unreasonable financial burden; and.

(V)      A signed letter from the person directly affected by the emergency, such as the property owner or property manager, attesting to the circumstances of the emergency.

If you have any questions or concerns related to the guidelines, please contact us at (877) 858-6220 and we can review the changes with you.

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