In this chapter:
(1) “Air monitoring” means the collection of airborne samples for analysis of asbestos fibers.
(2) “Asbestos” means:
(A) an asbestiform variety of chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, tremolite, anthophyllite, or actinolite; or
(B) a material that contains one percent or more of a substance described by Paragraph A.
(3) “Asbestos abatement” means a removal, encapsulation, or enclosure of asbestos to reduce or eliminate or that has the effect of reducing or eliminating:
(A) a concentration of asbestos fibers; or
(B) an asbestos-containing material.
(4) “Asbestos-related activity” means:
(A) the removal, encapsulation, or enclosure of asbestos;
(B) the performance of an asbestos survey;
(C) the development of an asbestos management plan or response action;
(D) the collection or analysis of an asbestos sample; or
(E) the performance of another activity for which a license is required under this chapter.
(5) “Asbestos removal” means an action that disturbs, dislodges, strips, or otherwise takes away asbestos fibers.
(6) Repealed by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., ch. 1 (S.B. 219), § 5.318(11).
(7) “Commissioner” means the commissioner of state health services.
(8) “Department” means the Department of State Health Services.
(9) “Encapsulation” means a method of control of asbestos fibers in which the surface of an asbestos-containing material is penetrated by or covered with a coating prepared for that purpose.
(10) “Enclosure” means the construction of an airtight wall and ceiling around an asbestos-containing material.
(10-a) “Executive commissioner” means the executive commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission.
(11) “Public building” means a building used or to be used for a purpose that involves public access or occupancy and includes a building that is vacant at any time, including during preparation for actual demolition. The term does not include:
(A) an industrial facility to which access is limited principally to employees of the facility because of a process or function that is hazardous to human health or safety;
(B) a federal building or installation;
(C) a private residence;
(D) an apartment building that has not more than four dwelling units; or
(E) a manufacturing facility or building that is part of a facility to which access is limited to workers and invited guests under controlled conditions.
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