Oregon Statutes - Chapter 283 - Interagency Services - Section 283.415 - Legislative findings; policy.

The Legislative Assembly finds and declares that:

(1) Asbestos has been found to be a human carcinogen. There is no known safe level for human exposure to asbestos. Ailments caused by asbestos can become manifest many years after exposure.

(2) In a decayed or damaged state, asbestos can pose a health risk to employees, inmates, patients or residents of state institutions. This state does not know where asbestos-containing materials exist in its buildings nor in what condition those materials are to be found.

(3) It is the goal of the Legislative Assembly to assure that state facilities are safely maintained and operated. It is, therefore, the policy of the Legislative Assembly that:

(a) A Master Asbestos Management Plan be developed that will assure orderly well-reasoned asbestos control and abatement.

(b) As any conditions of immediate hazard to health become known, they be acted on promptly in accordance with the Master Asbestos Management Plan.

(c) The plan include standards for employee awareness and training.

(d) The Oregon Department of Administrative Services be the agency to develop and centrally manage the plan for this state.

(e) Each agency cooperate fully in carrying out the plan.

(f) The State of Oregon engage in a long-term commitment to control the asbestos hazard in state facilities through control and abatement. [1989 c.1037 §1]

Note: 283.415 to 283.425 were enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but were not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 283 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

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