(225 ILCS 207/15)
As used in this Act:
"Asbestos abatement contractor" means any entity that
provides removal, enclosure, encapsulation, or disposal of asbestos
"Asbestos containing building materials" or "ACBM" means
surfacing asbestos containing materials or ACM, thermal system
insulation ACM, or miscellaneous ACM that is found in or on interior
structural members or other parts of a building.
"Asbestos" means the asbestiform varieties of chrysotile,
amosite, crocidolite, tremolite, anthrophyllite, and actinolite.
"Asbestos inspector" means an individual who performs inspections of
commercial and public buildings for the presence of asbestos containing
"Asbestos materials" means any material or product that contains more than 1%
"Asbestos consultant" means a person offering expert or professional advice
an asbestos professional or designated person.
"Asbestos professional" means an individual who is licensed by the Department
perform the duties of an inspector, management planner, project
designer, project supervisor, project manager, or air sampling professional, as applicable, except project supervisors under the direct employ of a licensed asbestos abatement contractor.
"Asbestos supervisor" means an asbestos abatement contractor, foreman, or
person designated as the asbestos abatement contractor's representative who is
responsible for the onsite supervision of the removal, encapsulation, or
enclosure of friable or nonfriable asbestos-containing materials in a
commercial or public building.
"Asbestos worker" means an individual who cleans, removes, encapsulates,
encloses, hauls, or disposes of friable asbestos material.
"Building/facility owner" is the legal entity, including a
lessee, that exercises control over management and record keeping
functions relating to a building or facility in which activities
covered by this standard take place.
"Commercial or public building" means
the interior space of any building, except that the term does not include any
residential apartment building of fewer than 10 units or detached single family
homes. The term includes, but is not limited to: industrial and office
buildings, residential apartment buildings and condominiums of 10 or more
dwelling units, government-owned buildings, colleges, museums, airports,
hospitals, churches, schools, preschools, stores, warehouses, and factories.
Interior space includes exterior hallways connecting buildings, porticos, and
mechanical systems used to condition interior space.
"Department" means the Department of Public Health.
"Designated person" means a person designated by the local education
defined by the Asbestos Abatement Act, to ensure that the management plan has
been properly implemented.
"Director" means the Director of Public Health.
"Encapsulation" means the treatment of ACBM with a
material that surrounds or embeds asbestos fibers in an adhesive
matrix that prevents the release of fibers as the encapsulant creates
a membrane over the surfaces (bridging encapsulant) or penetrates
the material and binds its components together (penetrating
"Enclosure" means the construction of airtight walls and
ceilings between the asbestos containing material and the building
environment, or around surfaces coated with asbestos containing materials, or
any other appropriate scientific procedure as determined by the
Department that prevents the release of asbestos.
"Friable", when referring to material in a commercial or public building,
means that the material, when dry, may be crumbled, pulverized, or
reduced to powder by hand pressure and includes previously
nonfriable materials after such previously nonfriable material
becomes damaged to the extent that, when dry, it may be crumbled,
pulverized, or reduced to powder by hand pressure.
"Inspection" means an activity undertaken in a public or commercial building
to determine the presence or location, or to assess the condition of, friable
or nonfriable asbestos containing building material (ACBM) or suspected ACBM,
whether by visual or physical examination, or by collecting samples of such
"Nonfriable" means material in a commercial or public
building which, when dry, may not be crumbled, pulverized, or
reduced to powder by hand pressure.
"Person" means any individual, group of individuals,
association, trust, partnership, corporation, person doing business
under an assumed name, or any other
"Project designer" means an individual who
designs response actions for commercial or public
"Response action" means a method, including removal,
encapsulation, enclosure, repair, operations and maintenance, that
protects human health and the environment from friable ACBM.
"Response action contractor" means any entity that
engages in response action services.
"Response action services" means the service of designing and conducting
removal, encapsulation, enclosure, repair, or operations and maintenance of
friable asbestos containing building materials, inspection of public or
commercial buildings, and inspection of asbestos containing materials.
The term does not include the design or conducting of response actions that
involve removal or possible disturbance of an amount of asbestos containing
building material comprising less than 3 square feet or less than 3 lineal feet of other friable asbestos
containing building material.
(Source: P.A. 93-894, eff. 8-10-04.)