How to Avoid Being a Regulators Target

Hidden Environmental Hazards and Compliance Basics


September 16, 2014 | 8:00 am-3:00 pm
Apprenticeship & Journeyman Training Center | 2110 N. Fancher
FREE Event: Register today by calling 509.532.4990

Hear from Kim Farnham, Lead-Based Paint/Asbestos Compliance Officer, EPA, Region 10, as she clarifies some common misconceptions of the Lead RRP rule, discusses safe work practice requirements, comments on current enforcement and outreach efforts, discusses the general contractor/subcontractor relationship, record-keeping requirements for RRP jobs, firm certification, training uncertified workers, re-certification and more…

Hear from Margee Chambers, Public Information and Compliance Assistance, Spokane Clean Air Agency, as she updates participants on recent Asbestos rule changes that became effective September 2, 2014 and how this effects homeowners, landlords, contractors, property managers, etc., who are involved directly or indirectly in altering a structure in any way, regardless of its age.

Hear from Mary Yakawich, Consultant, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, as she discusses how Asbestos, Lead, Mold, Wood Dust, and Silica effects your business, your employees and your bottom…Learn how to safely protect yourself and your business. 

This workshop will surely provide for lively discussion, be extremely informative, and will be anything but boring! The EPA, L&I and Spokane Clean Air do not consider ignorance and excuses so come prepared for a very eye opening experience!!

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Busted by the EPA: Navigating the Lead Laws

37,500 Reasons to Understand the Lead RRP Rule


June 12, 2014 | 7:00 am-8:00 am
Rodda Paint | 6818 E. Sprague Ave.
FREE Event: Register today by calling 509.532.4990

This workshop will surely provide for a lively discussion, be extremely informative, and will be anything but boring. The EPA does not consider ignorance and excuses so come prepared for a very eye opening experience!

Hear from Kim Farnham, Lead-Based Paint/Asbestos Compliance Officer, EPA, Region 10, as she clarifies some common misconceptions of the rule, discusses safe work practice requirements, comments on current enforcement and outreach efforts, discusses the general contractor/subcontractor relationship, record-keeping requirements for RRP jobs, firm certification, training uncertified workers, re-certification and more…

For more information or to register contact the SHBA at 509.532.4990 or email: kimw@shba.com

Asbestos Labeling Enforcement Policy

The Spokane Clean Air Agency has issued an update to its enforcement policy of the new Washington State asbestos labeling law approved earlier this year by the State Legislature.

SB 5458, Sponsored by Sen. Andy Billig, requires that any materials containing more than 1% asbestos must have a warning label that states:

“CAUTION!
This product contains ASBESTOS which is known to cause cancer and lung disease. Avoid creating dust. Intentionally removing  or tampering with this label is a violation of state law.”
Each infraction of the new law comes with a penalty of $10,000 per day, per instance.
As a result of some concerns from an SHBA member over how the legislation will be enforced the Spokane Clean Air Agency has issued a letter stating that if materials are found that contain more than 1% asbestos it is their intent to work with retailers, distributors, and wholesalers to resolve the issue with the manufacturer before issuing violations. You can read the full letter here.

Additionally, in an open meeting back in October and re-affirmed in a recent email communication, Sen Billig has agreed to go back through the legislation and sponsor some tweaks to alleviate some of the concerns shared by small businesses.

New App – Large Collection of High-Quality Videos and Articles for Building and Construction Professionals

Construction-Instruction HD

Construction Instruction (Ci) is a downloadable App for your mobile device that contains a large collection of high quality videos and articles for building and construction professionals. The Ci app was created by a team of independent building experts with more than 60 years of combined building experience.
The Construction-Instruction app provides builders and contractors with instant and reliable information on products and materials, installation methods, technical data, and much more. Homeowners, remodelers, builders, designers, architects, and manufacturers can access useful, easy step-by-step best practices anytime, anywhere.

Enter any search term to begin exploring building science or finding products. Enter a manufacturer’s name, a brand product name, or a general category of interest—all will quickly take you to meaningful results and useful information.

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The Art of De-escalation | Sept. 25th

The Art of De-escalation—Preventing Workplace Violence instructs participants on how to create a safe environment for your employees. As the number of workplace violence incidents continue to rise, it is increasingly important to be able to recognize threats and take preventive action. Registration information.