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[DRAFT] Asbestos Safety Act

Postby Namwenia » Tue Jan 24, 2023 12:42 pm

A proposed replacement for GAR #435, Asbestos Consumption, Disposal and Worker Protection.

The idea is to correct the existing issues with GAR #435 and while creating a more explicit and robust set of asbestos regulations. I wanted to get in the proposed language of a replacement prior to submission of a repeal for thorough discussion.

Asbestos Safety Act

Category: Environmental | Industry Affected: All Businesses - Mild

Understanding that the uses of asbestos due to its physical characteristics such as sound absorption, tensile strength, and resistance to fire, heat, and electricity has made asbestos a historically sought after mineral,

Concerned about the varied health hazards caused from asbestos fibers including, but not limited to, mesothelioma, asbestosis, and various cancers of the lungs, larynx, and ovaries,

Acknowledging that the repeal of General Assembly Resolution # 435, Asbestos Consumption, Disposal And Worker Protection has created a void in asbestos related safety regulations

Understanding that the form of asbestos with the greatest health risk is friable asbestos,

1. For the purpose of this regulation, the terms are hereby defined:
a. Asbestos - fibrous crystalline mineral primarily composed of silicate which includes, but is not limited to, the following known variants: Actinolite, Gruenerite in its amosite form, Anthophyllite, Chrysotile, Crocidolite, and Tremolite.
b. Abatement - A set of procedures designed to control the release of asbestos fibers from asbestos-containing materials
c. Inspector - An individual licensed by the individual Member State to inspect and sample for asbestos-containing materials
d. Friable - A material that is easily crumbled, usually by touch.
e. Non-Friable - A material that is not easily crumbled.

2. Mandates that deliberate exposure to friable asbestos shall only be allowed in:
a. Short, non-continuous periods of time,
b. During abatement activities of non-degraded materials in which the asbestos fibers are firmly linked in a matrix,
c. Encapsulation or sealing of friable asbestos-containing materials, and
d. With air monitoring and control including the use of personal protective equipment for individual workers

3. Mandates that Member States shall bring into force a ban on the sale, production, mining, and marketing of asbestos-containing products within 6-months following enactment of this resolution. Further mandates that in all future construction or manufacture of construction components, asbestos may not be used as an ingredient.
4. Mandates that during abatement activities, exposure shall be minimized by:
a. limiting the number of workers involved,
b. use of designed processes that minimize the release of asbestos fibers including, but not limited to, wetting of materials,
c. clean and well-maintained premises and equipment,
d. indoor work zones are firmly sealed and segregated from areas not containing friable asbestos-containing material,
e. removal of waste in sealed and labelled containers, and
f. any additional reasonable techniques to minimize asbestos exposure or
g. Additional requirements as defined by individual member nations.

5. Mandates that no person may be exposed to airborne asbestos in excess of 0.1 fibers per cubic centimeter taken as an eight-hour time-weighted average.
6. Mandates that inspection and sampling for asbestos-containing material must be completed by a licensed asbestos inspector within one-year following the enactment of this resolution for the following building structures:
a. Schools,
b. Buildings wholly owned and operated by the World Assembly or individual Member State governments,
c. Office buildings,
d. Multi-family homes including, but not limited to, apartment or condominium complexes and/or duplex homes,
d. Individual family residential homes prior to the sale or exchange of the property,
e. Houses of worship,
f. Retail businesses, and
g. Warehouses.

7. If material containing greater than 0.1% asbestos by mass or volume of friable asbestos is identified in a building during the inspection and sampling as required by Section 6, said material must be abated in accordance with the requirements of Section 4 and any additional requirements of the individual Member State.
8. If material containing greater than 0.1% asbestos by mass or volume of non-friable asbestos is identified in a building during the inspection and sampling as required by Section 6, it may remain in place; however, it must be re-inspected by a licensed inspector on an annual basis to ensure it remains non-friable. If the material is noted as friable during an annual inspection, it must be removed as required in Section 7.
9. Mandates that waste which contains greater than 0.1% asbestos by either mass or volume shall be:
a. Classified as toxic or hazardous waste and treated per individual Member State requirements for said categories of waste,
b. Containerized within a sealed container whenever transported or stored,
c. Not purposely mixed with other waste(s),
d. Clearly labelled as containing asbestos, and
e. Disposed of in a facility that has a specific permit from the individual Member State so authorizing the acceptance asbestos.

10. Disposal facilities may accept asbestos-containing material as waste only if specifically permitted to do so by an individual Member State and meet the following requirements:
a. Clear signage denoting the which will house the asbestos-containing material,
b. Permits shall specify an explicit limit of total quantity of asbestos-containing material allowed for acceptance at a permitted facility, and
c. Permitted facilities shall maintain records of asbestos-containing material disposed at their facility in perpetuity.

Asbestos Safety Act

Category: Environmental | Industry Affected: All Businesses - Mild

Acknowledging that the repeal of General Assembly Resolution # 435, Asbestos Consumption, Disposal And Worker Protection has created a void in asbestos related safety regulations; and

Concerned about the varied health hazards caused from asbestos fibers including, but not limited to, mesothelioma, asbestosis, and various cancers of the lungs, larynx, and ovaries,

1. For the purpose of this regulation, the terms are hereby defined:
a. Asbestos - fibrous crystalline mineral primarily composed of silicate which includes, but is not limited to, the following known variants: Actinolite, Gruenerite in its amosite form, Anthophyllite, Chrysotile, Crocidolite, and Tremolite.
b. Abatement - A set of procedures designed to control the release of asbestos fibers from asbestos-containing materials
c. Inspector - An individual licensed by the individual Member State to inspect and sample for asbestos-containing materials
d. Friable - A material that is easily crumbled, usually by touch.
e. Non-Friable - A material that is not easily crumbled.

2. Mandates that deliberate exposure to friable asbestos shall only be allowed in:
a. Short, non-continuous periods of time,
b. During abatement activities of non-degraded materials in which the asbestos fibers are firmly linked in a matrix,
c. Encapsulation or sealing of friable asbestos-containing materials, and
d. With air monitoring and control including the use of personal protective equipment for individual workers

3. Mandates that Member States shall bring into force a ban on the sale, production, mining, and marketing of asbestos-containing products within 6-months following enactment of this resolution. Further mandates that in all future construction or manufacture of construction components, asbestos may not be used as an ingredient.
4. Mandates that during abatement activities, exposure shall be minimized by:
a. limiting the number of workers involved,
b. use of designed processes that minimize the release of asbestos fibers including, but not limited to, wetting of materials,
c. clean and well-maintained premises and equipment,
d. indoor work zones are firmly sealed and segregated from areas not containing friable asbestos-containing material,
e. removal of waste in sealed and labelled containers, and
f. any additional reasonable techniques to minimize asbestos exposure or
g. Additional requirements as defined by individual member nations.

5. Mandates that no person may be exposed to airborne asbestos in excess of 0.1 fibers per cubic centimeter taken as an eight-hour time-weighted average.
6. Mandates that inspection and sampling for asbestos-containing material must be completed by a licensed asbestos inspector within one-year following the enactment of this resolution for the following building structures:
a. Schools,
b. Buildings wholly owned and operated by the World Assembly or individual Member State governments,
c. Office buildings,
d. Multi-family homes including, but not limited to, apartment or condominium complexes and/or duplex homes,
d. Individual family residential homes prior to the sale or exchange of the property,
e. Houses of worship,
f. Retail businesses, and
g. Warehouses.

7. If material containing greater than 0.1% asbestos by mass or volume of friable asbestos is identified in a building during the inspection and sampling as required by Section 6, said material must be abated in accordance with the requirements of Section 4 and any additional requirements of the individual Member State.
8. If material containing greater than 0.1% asbestos by mass or volume of non-friable asbestos is identified in a building during the inspection and sampling as required by Section 6, it may remain in place; however, it must be re-inspected by a licensed inspector on an annual basis to ensure it remains non-friable. If the material is noted as friable during an annual inspection, it must be removed as required in Section 7.
9. Mandates that waste which contains greater than 0.1% asbestos by either mass or volume shall be:
a. Classified as toxic or hazardous waste and treated per individual Member State requirements for said categories of waste,
b. Containerized within a sealed container whenever transported or stored,
c. Not purposely mixed with other waste(s),
d. Clearly labelled as containing asbestos, and
e. Disposed of in a facility that has a specific permit from the individual Member State so authorizing the acceptance asbestos.

10. Disposal facilities may accept asbestos-containing material as waste only if specifically permitted to do so by an individual Member State and meet the following requirements:
a. Clear signage denoting the which will house the asbestos-containing material,
b. Permits shall specify an explicit limit of total quantity of asbestos-containing material allowed for acceptance at a permitted facility, and
c. Permitted facilities shall maintain records of asbestos-containing material disposed at their facility in perpetuity.

Asbestos Safety Act

Category: Environmental | Industry Affected: All Businesses - Mild

Acknowledging that the repeal of General Assembly Resolution # 435, Asbestos Consumption, Disposal And Worker Protection has created a void in asbestos related safety regulations; and

Concerned about the varied health hazards caused from asbestos fibers including, but not limited to, mesothelioma, asbestosis, and various cancers of the lungs, larynx, and ovaries,

1. For the purpose of this regulation, the terms are hereby defined:
a. Asbestos - fibrous crystalline mineral primarily composed of silicate which includes the following known variants: Actinolite, Gruenerite (amosite form), Anthophyllite, Chrysotile, Crocidolite, Tremolite, or additional minerals native to individual Member States as defined by local law incorporated herein by reference.​
b. Asbestos-Containing Material - Material or waste which contains greater than 0.1% asbestos by mass. Hereafter, this shall be referred to as ACM.​
c. Abate/Abatement - A set of procedures designed to control the release of asbestos fibers from ACM.​
d. Inspector - An individual licensed by the individual Member State to inspect and sample for ACM.​
e. Friable - A material that is easily crumbled, usually by touch.​
f. Non-Friable - A material that is not easily crumbled.​
f. Public Buildings - Buildings or structures, owned by a government entity and/or normally accessible to the public. This includes both public and privately owned schools.​

2. Within six-months following the enactment of this resolution, individual Member States shall enact the following:
a. Establish a detailed program for abatement,​
b. Establish a licensing program for asbestos inspectors and a detailed program for the inspection of buildings for ACM,​
d. Establish a detailed program for the licensing of ACM disposal facilities,​
e. Establish a ban on the sale, production, mining, and marketing of ACM.​
f. Establish a ban for all future construction or manufacture of construction components on the inclusion of ACM.​

3. In order to ensure safety of workers during abatement activities, individual Member States shall develop safety programs to minimize exposure which shall include, at a minimum:
a. A limit to the amount of time workers may be present in work zones containing ACM,​
b. Requirements that indoor work zones are firmly sealed and segregated from other connected indoor areas which do not contain friable ACM,​
c. Requiring the use of processes that will minimize the release of asbestos fibers during abatement,​
d. Requiring the use of air monitoring equipment to ensure that no person is exposed to airborne asbestos in excess of 0.1 fibers per cubic centimeter taken over an eight-hour time-weighted average without wearing respiratory equipment.​
e. Requiring the personal protective equipment to minimize physical exposure to ACM and/or asbestos fibers,​
f. Requiring that ACM removed from a work zone is fully sealed in a well labeled container and disposed at a licensed facility,​

4. Within six-months following the development of the inspection program outlined in Section 2.b, inspections by licensed inspectors must be completed in Public Buildings.
5. If friable ACM is identified in a building by a licensed inspector, said material must be abated per the abatement program established by Section 2.a.
6. If non-friable ACM is identified in a building by licensed inspector, it may remain in place; however, the non-friable ACM must be re-inspected by a licensed inspector on an annual basis to ensure it remains non-friable. If the material is noted as friable during a future inspection, it must be abated per the abatement program established by Section 2.a.
7. Disposal facilities shall be permitted by individual Member States per Section 2.d and must provide in the permit clear limits on the total quantity of ACM allowed for disposal.

Current Revision (3):
Asbestos Safety Act

Category: Environmental | Industry Affected: All Businesses - Mild

Acknowledging that the repeal of General Assembly Resolution # 435, Asbestos Consumption, Disposal And Worker Protection has created a void in asbestos related safety regulations; and

Concerned about the varied health hazards caused from asbestos fibers including, but not limited to, mesothelioma, asbestosis, and various cancers of the lungs, larynx, and ovaries,

1. For the purpose of this regulation, the terms are hereby defined:
a. Asbestos - fibrous crystalline mineral primarily composed of silicate which includes the following known variants: Actinolite, Gruenerite (amosite form), Anthophyllite, Chrysotile, Crocidolite, Tremolite, or additional minerals native to individual Member States as defined by local law incorporated herein by reference.​
b. Asbestos-Containing Material - Material or waste which contains greater than 0.1% asbestos by mass. Hereafter, this shall be referred to as ACM.​
c. Abate/Abatement - A set of procedures designed to control the release of asbestos fibers from ACM.​
d. Inspector - An individual licensed by the individual Member State to inspect and sample for ACM.​
e. Friable - A material that is easily crumbled, usually by touch.​
f. Non-Friable - A material that is not easily crumbled.​
g. Public Buildings - Buildings or structures, owned by a government entity and/or normally accessible to the public. This includes both public and privately owned schools.​

2. Within six-months following the enactment of this resolution, individual Member States shall establish:
a. A detailed program for abatement,​
b. A licensing program for asbestos inspectors and a detailed program for the inspection of buildings for ACM,​
c. A detailed program for the licensing of ACM disposal facilities,​
d. A ban on the sale, production, mining, and marketing of ACM.​
e. A ban for all future construction or manufacture of construction components on the inclusion of ACM.​

3. In order to ensure safety of workers during abatement activities, individual Member States shall develop safety programs to minimize exposure which shall include, at a minimum:
a. A limit to the amount of time workers may be present in work zones containing ACM,​
b. Requirements that indoor work zones are firmly sealed and segregated from other connected indoor areas which do not contain friable ACM,​
c. Requiring the use of processes that will minimize the release of asbestos fibers during abatement,​
d. Requiring the use of air monitoring equipment to ensure that no person is exposed to airborne asbestos in excess of 0.1 fibers per cubic centimeter taken over an eight-hour time-weighted average without wearing respiratory equipment.​
e. Requiring the personal protective equipment to minimize physical exposure to ACM and/or asbestos fibers,​
f. Requiring that ACM removed from a work zone is fully sealed in a well labeled container and disposed at a licensed facility,​

4. Within six-months following the development of the inspection program outlined in Section 2.b, inspections by licensed inspectors must be completed in Public Buildings.
5. If friable ACM is identified in a building by a licensed inspector, said material must be abated per the abatement program established by Section 2.a.
6. If non-friable ACM is identified in a building by licensed inspector, it may remain in place; however, the non-friable ACM must be re-inspected by a licensed inspector on an annual basis to ensure it remains non-friable. If the material is noted as friable during a future inspection, it must be abated per the abatement program established by Section 2.a.
7. Disposal facilities shall be permitted by individual Member States per Section 2.d and must provide in the permit clear limits on the total quantity of ACM allowed for disposal.
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Postby The Ice States » Tue Jan 24, 2023 12:46 pm

Ooc: This proposal appears to be several hundred characters above the maximum amount NS allows you to submit (5000). I will provide a more detailed analysis later.
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Postby Namwenia » Tue Jan 24, 2023 12:49 pm

The Ice States wrote:Ooc: This proposal appears to be several hundred characters above the maximum amount NS allows you to submit (5000). I will provide a more detailed analysis later.

OOC: Thank you. This is my first World Assembly proposal and will take all the help I can get. It looks like I'm at around 5300 characters including spaces as of right now.
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Postby The Ice States » Tue Jan 24, 2023 12:54 pm

Namwenia wrote:
The Ice States wrote:Ooc: This proposal appears to be several hundred characters above the maximum amount NS allows you to submit (5000). I will provide a more detailed analysis later.

Thank you. This is my first proposal and I can understand if it would make sense to break it into multiple submissions if necessary to serve the individual purposes.

Removing (or drastically shortening) the preamble would appear to be sufficient to get you below the limit.

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Postby Namwenia » Tue Jan 24, 2023 1:00 pm

The Ice States wrote:Removing (or drastically shortening) the preamble would appear to be sufficient to get you below the limit.

Thank you. The initial post has been updated reducing the preamble.
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Postby Tinhampton » Tue Jan 24, 2023 1:30 pm

This is god-tier plagiarism of GA#435. Compare:

the preamble of this with the preamble of that
Article 1a of this with Article 1 of that
Article 2 of this with Article 2 of that
Article 3 of this with Article 3 of that
Article 4 of this with Article 4 of that
Article 5 of this with Article 6 of that
Article 9 of this with Article 7 of that

===================================

The non-plagiarised articles - about inspection, disposal and friabillity - are too micromanagey for this to earn my support, even if not a single word of this proposal was plagiarised.
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Postby The Ice States » Tue Jan 24, 2023 1:37 pm

Tinhampton wrote:This is god-tier plagiarism of GA#435. Compare:

the preamble of this with the preamble of that
Article 1a of this with Article 1 of that
Article 2 of this with Article 2 of that
Article 3 of this with Article 3 of that
Article 4 of this with Article 4 of that
Article 5 of this with Article 6 of that
Article 9 of this with Article 7 of that

While I don’t agree that parts of these are indeed plagiarism, I do agree that the author should edit the proposal to be fully original. NB: 435 is itself plagiarised.
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Postby Namwenia » Tue Jan 24, 2023 1:57 pm

The intent of this was to maintain a similar feel and formatting of the original while a new piece of legislation with additional details, corrected information, and allowance for non-friable asbestos to remain in place in buildings so long as it is maintained/inspected with regularity.

I will go back and update to ensure that all language in the proposal is new without mirroring the original legislation.
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Postby Potted Plants United » Wed Jan 25, 2023 3:50 am

"Why should asbestos be singled out of all other hazardous materials? Wouldn't it make more sense to write a much more generally applicable resolution that also applied to asbestos?"
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Postby Namwenia » Wed Jan 25, 2023 6:05 am

Potted Plants United wrote:"Why should asbestos be singled out of all other hazardous materials? Wouldn't it make more sense to write a much more generally applicable resolution that also applied to asbestos?"

Asbestos is a very distinct mineral that due to its physical characteristics and historical use as a building material, has been recognized to require different types of monitoring and testing than generally hazardous compounds. Additionally, being that it is a physical hazard and mineral, not a compound known for leaching into soils / aquifers, it can and should be treated differently than commonly spilled chemical hazards such as petroleum based products, organic solvents, or liquids containing heavy metals. Monitoring and protection requirements which would apply to them would likely not also apply to asbestos.
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Postby Namwenia » Wed Jan 25, 2023 9:42 am

This proposal has been updated.
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Postby Tinhampton » Wed Jan 25, 2023 9:46 am

Namwenia wrote:2. Within six-months following the enactment of this resolution, individual Member States shall enact the following:
a. Establish[...]
b. Establish[...]
d. Establish[...]
e. Establish[...]
f. Establish[...]

Just say "Member States shall establish..."

You're missing an Article 2c and have two lots of Article 1f.
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Postby Namwenia » Wed Jan 25, 2023 9:53 am

Tinhampton wrote:Just say "Member States shall establish..."

You're missing an Article 2c and have two lots of Article 1f.

Thank you! I appreciate the feedback.

Have amended the text as recommended.
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Postby Potted Plants United » Tue Jan 31, 2023 10:38 am

Namwenia wrote:
Potted Plants United wrote:"Why should asbestos be singled out of all other hazardous materials? Wouldn't it make more sense to write a much more generally applicable resolution that also applied to asbestos?"

Asbestos is a very distinct mineral that due to its physical characteristics and historical use as a building material, has been recognized to require different types of monitoring and testing than generally hazardous compounds. Additionally, being that it is a physical hazard and mineral, not a compound known for leaching into soils / aquifers, it can and should be treated differently than commonly spilled chemical hazards such as petroleum based products, organic solvents, or liquids containing heavy metals. Monitoring and protection requirements which would apply to them would likely not also apply to asbestos.

IC: "If some nations have been careless enough to mismanage their use of dangerous minerals, then it is the problem of those nations, isn't it? Also, if you don't think asbestos is a hazardous material, then there's no point writing a resolution for its handling, and if you do think it is a hazardous material, then I repeat: wouldn't it make more sense to write a much more generally applicable resolution that also applied to asbestos?"

OOC: Your reply looked very much like an OOC reply, so just pointing out that not everyone around here, me included, bases their nation's history - or even the history of the planet their nation is on - on the RL world. The planet where this account's and my main's (see siggy) nations exist, hasn't been 100% copy of RL Earth history since the asteroid popularly credited for killing dinosaurs some 65 million years ago hit in an entirely different spot and caused a lot of stuff to go differently. And if the gist is "don't use it to build houses, wear safety gear when handling it, generally avoid", then that's going to fit a whole lot of other hazardous materials as well, whether they're physical, chemical or radiological threats. Or sometimes all three.
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