(a) General requirements.

(1) All materials imported to American Samoa shall be used only for the purposes for which they were imported and in accordance with the specific use instructions for the substance.

(2) Persons using hazardous materials shall be trained in the proper use of the substance, as required under section 24.0811.

(3) No hazardous materials shall be used without an MSDS. Supervisors shall inform workers about the dangers, precautions for use, and disposal methods as approved by these standards, for the particular product or substance.

(4) Supervisors shall ensure that suitable protective gear shall be used at all times to prevent exposure of workers to hazardous materials.

(5) Provisions shall be made in compliance with section 24.0815(a)(10) to ensure that workers handling hazardous materials are decontaminated before they leave the work area.

(6) All hazardous materials shall be used in accordance with the requirements of the hazardous materials management plan required under section 24.0812.

(b) Special requirements.

(1) Compressed gases. For the purposes of these standards and regulations, compressed gases are considered hazardous materials and shall be used in accordance with the requirements of section 24.0818.

(2) Pesticides. Use, distribution, certification, labeling and record keeping shall be in accordance with 24.1201 et seq. ASCA and regulations in force pursuant thereto.

(3) Asbestos materials.

(A) Materials containing asbestos shall be used and maintained in compliance with the provisions of the hazardous materials management plan at a minimum, the plan shall include the following information:

(i) the location of the areas that contain friable asbestos;

(ii) the type of asbestos containing material;

(iii) the relative amount of material (e.g., linear feet, square feet).

(B) Asbestos labeling: All areas containing asbestos shall be marked with a bilingual asbestos-identification label in English and in Samoan specifying the potential asbestos hazard, as follows:


(c) Asbestos abatement projects:

(i) Employers shall ensure that no employee is exposed to an airborne concentration in excess of the permissible exposure limit (PEL), as required by and determined under 40 CFR 763.121(c) . The provisions of 40 CFR 763.121 are hereby incorporated by reference in these standards and regulations.

(ii) In work areas where airborne concentrations of asbestos exceed the PEL, employers shall establish a regulated area in accordance with the requirements of 40 CFR 763.121(e), which is hereby incorporated by reference.

(iii) Exposure monitoring during asbestos-abatement projects shall be carried out in accordance with the requirements of 40 CFR 763.121(f).

(iv) The employer shall adhere to the engineering controls, work practices, and prohibitions of 40 CFR 763.121(g).

(v) The employer shall supply, and require the use of, respirators as required under 40 CFR 763.121(h).

(vi) The employer shall supply, and require the use of, protective clothing for all employees exposed to airborne concentrations of asbestos that exceed the PEL, in accordance with 40 CFR 763.121(i).

(vii) The employer shall provide hygiene facilities and adhere to decontamination practices as required under 40 CFR 763.121(j).

(viii) The employer shall conform to the housekeeping methods and the requirements for asbestos waste disposal of 40 CFR 763.121(l).

(ix) Medical surveillance of employees engaged in asbestos abatement projects shall be conducted in accordance with the requirements of 40 CFR 763.121(m).

(x) The requirements of appendices, A, C, D, and E of 40 CFR 763.121, EPA/OSHA Reference Method, Qualitative and Quantitative Fit Testing Procedures, Medical Questionnaires, and Interpretation and Classification of Chest Roentgenograms, respectively, are mandatory for asbestos-abatement activities and are hereby incorporated by reference.

History: Rule 02-01, eff 30 Aug 01.