10A NCAC 41C .1004      LEAD-BASED PAINT INSPECTIONS AND ABATEMENT IN NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND LICENSED CHILD CARE FACILITIES

(a)  For the purposes of this Rule, the following definitions shall apply:

(1)           "Abatement" means as defined at 40 C.F.R. 745.223, and also includes interim controls as defined at 40 C.F.R. 745.83. Abatement shall not be considered complete until a final clearance inspection of the public school or licensed child care facility is performed by a certified risk assessor in accordance with the standards set forth at 40 C.F.R. 745.85(b).

(2)           "Certified Project Designer" means an individual who meets the requirements for a project designer as set forth in G.S. 130A-453.03 and Rule .0802 of this Subchapter.

(3)           "Certified Supervisor" means an individual who meets the requirements for a supervisor as set forth in G.S. 130A-453.03 and Rule .0802 of this Subchapter.

(4)           "Certified Risk Assessor" means an individual who meets the requirements for a risk assessor as set forth in G.S. 130A-453.03 and Rule .1006 of this Section.

(5)           "Inspection" means a risk assessment conducted in accordance with 40 C.F.R. 745.223.

(6)           "Inspection report" means a summary prepared in accordance with Rule .0807(b) of this Subchapter.

(7)           "Lead-based paint hazard" means as defined at G.S. 130A-131.7(6).

(8)           "Lead poisoning hazard" means as defined at G.S. 130A-131.7(7).

(9)           "Occupant protection plan" means as defined at Rule .0801(a)(6) of this Subchapter.

(b)  Each responsible individual shall ensure that an inspection is conducted for lead-based paint hazards in each public school or licensed child care facility for which he or she is responsible within 18 months of the effective date of this Rule. Inspections for lead-based paint hazards shall be performed by a certified risk assessor and documented in an inspection report. The certified risk assessor shall determine whether a lead-based paint hazard is present in the public school or licensed child care facility based on the inspection, in accordance with the rules of Sections .0800 and .0900 of this Subchapter, and document the determination in the inspection report. If the certified risk assessor determines that a lead-based paint hazard exists, then an occupant protection plan shall be written by a certified supervisor or certified project designer in accordance with 40 C.F.R. 745.227(e)(5) and the rules of Section .0800 of this Subchapter.

(c)  If the certified risk assessor determines that a lead-based paint hazard has been detected, then the responsible individual shall restrict access to the identified lead-based paint hazard until abated in accordance with this Rule.

(d)  A determination by a certified risk assessor that a lead-based paint hazard is present in the public school or licensed child care facility that is documented in the inspection report in accordance with Paragraph (b) of this Rule shall satisfy the requirement of Rule .1002(b)(1) or (d)(2) of this Section, as applicable, that lead is detected that meets the requirements for abatement.

(e)  Abatement shall be performed by one or more professionals who are certified in accordance with G.S. 130A-453.03 and Rules .0802 or .0902 of this Subchapter and shall be performed in accordance with the rules of Sections .0800 and .0900 of this Subchapter, as applicable.

(f)  The information listed in this Paragraph shall be submitted to the Program by email to general.hccu@dhhs.nc.gov:

(1)           Within 45 calendar days following the date on which an inspection is completed pursuant to the Rule, the certified risk assessor shall submit:

(A)          the name, address, email address, and phone number of the responsible individual;

(B)          the name, address, email address, phone number, and certification number of the certified risk assessor;

(C)          the name and address, including county, of the individual school and the public school unit or the licensed child care facility;

(D)          whether the facility for which the responsible individual is submitting the report is a public school or a licensed child care facility;

(E)           whether the inspection identified the presence of a lead-based paint hazard;

(F)           a description of any identified lead-based paint hazard; and

(G)          the results of any laboratory testing conducted during the inspection.

(2)           If the public school or licensed child care facility plans to use a previous inspection or a signed attestation under Paragraph (h) of this Rule, then the responsible individual shall submit a copy of the inspection report or occupant protection plan associated with the previous inspection or the signed attestation within 18 months from the effective date of this Rule in lieu of meeting the requirements in Subparagraph (f)(1) of this Rule.

(3)           At least 10 calendar days before abatement conducted pursuant to this Rule begins, the responsible individual shall submit:

(A)          the name, address, email address, and phone number of the responsible individual;

(B)          the name and address, including county, of the individual school and the public school unit or the licensed child care facility, as applicable;

(C)          the names, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, and certification numbers of the professionals who will conduct the abatement;

(D)          whether the facility for which the responsible individual is submitting the report is a public school or a licensed child care facility;

(E)           the dates on which the abatement is scheduled to occur; and

(F)           a description of the planned abatement.

(4)           Within 45 calendar days following the date on which abatement is completed pursuant to this Rule, the responsible individual shall submit:

(A)          the name, address, email address, and phone number of the responsible individual;

(B)          the name and address, including county, of the individual school and the public school unit or the licensed child care facility;

(C)          whether the facility for which the responsible individual is submitting the report is a public school or a licensed child care facility;

(D)          the date on which the abatement was completed; and

(E)           a report of the results of the final clearance inspection.

(g)  In accordance with 15A NCAC 18A .2816(a), 10A NCAC 09 .0601(f), and 10A NCAC 09 .1707(2), as applicable, licensed child care facilities shall inspect for lead-based paint hazards in accordance with this Rule to ensure these facilities are free from lead poisoning hazards. The failure of a responsible individual in licensed child care facility to inspect for lead-based paint hazards or to restrict access to or abate identified lead-based paint hazards in accordance with this Rule shall be considered a violation of 15A NCAC 18A .2816(a), 10A NCAC 09 .0601(f), or 10A NCAC 09 .1707(2), as applicable.

(h)  The requirements of Paragraph (b) of this Rule shall be considered met if:

(1)           the public school or licensed child care facility has previously completed an inspection of its buildings that meets the requirements of Sections .0800 and .0900 of this Subchapter; or

(2)           the responsible individual of a public school or licensed child care facility located in a building that was built after February 28, 1978 signs a statement attesting that no lead-based paint was used in the building.

 

History Note:        Authority S.L. 2021-180, s. 9G.8;

Temporary Adoption Eff. April 29, 2022.