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TITLE 25HEALTH SERVICES
PART 1DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
CHAPTER 295OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH
SUBCHAPTER ITEXAS ENVIRONMENTAL LEAD REDUCTION
RULE §295.209Lead Abatement Project Designer: Certification Requirements

(a) Certification requirements. A person must be certified by the department as a lead abatement project designer to engage in such activity in target housing and child-occupied facilities. Certifications issued by the department prior to January 1, 2005, are valid for a period of three years from the date of issue, provided that the appropriate fee is paid on time each year. Certifications issued by the department on or after January 1, 2005, are valid for a period of two years from the date of issue.

(b) Specific requirements of applicants for certification as lead abatement project designers:

  (1) successfully complete a lead abatement supervisor training course, unless currently certified as a lead abatement supervisor in Texas, and receive a course completion certificate from a department-accredited training program provider;

  (2) successfully complete a lead abatement project designer training course and receive a course completion certificate from a department-accredited training program provider; and

  (3) meet or exceed the following additional education and/or experience requirements:

    (A) a bachelor's degree in engineering, architecture, or a related profession, and one year of experience in building construction and design or a related field; or

    (B) four years of experience in building construction and design or a related field.

  (4) submit a complete application for lead abatement project designer certification to the department on a department-issued form and pay the appropriate certification fee within one year of successfully completing the original lead abatement supervisor and lead abatement project designer training courses.

    (A) A person who fails to submit a complete lead abatement project designer certification application within one year of completing the required courses will be required to additionally complete lead abatement supervisor and lead abatement project designer refresher training courses from a department-accredited training program provider and receive course completion certificates. The individual must then submit a complete certification application, including course completion certificates of the additionally required lead abatement supervisor and lead abatement project designer refresher training courses, within one year of completing these refresher courses.

    (B) If the applicant has not submitted a complete lead abatement project designer certification application within three years of completing the original lead abatement supervisor and lead abatement project designer training courses, including documentation of any additionally required refresher training courses as per subsection (b)(4)(A) of this section, the person will again be subject to the certification requirements of subsection (b) of this section in order to be granted certification.

(c) Responsibilities. The certified lead abatement project designer shall be responsible for the following:

  (1) comply with standards of operation, including EPA and OSHA regulations;

  (2) prepare a written abatement project design(s);

  (3) develop a written occupant protection plan as described in §295.212(d)(5) of this title;

  (4) prepare a written abatement report as described in §295.212(d)(11) of this title; and

  (5) cooperate with department personnel in the discharge of their official duties to conduct inspections and investigations, as described in §295.218 of this title (relating to Compliance: Inspections and Investigations).

(d) Application for certification renewal. To become re-certified, the certified lead abatement project designer must successfully complete lead abatement supervisor and lead abatement project designer refresher training courses from a department-accredited training provider no sooner than 180 days prior to the project designer's certification expiration date and follow the procedures contained in §295.205 of this title (relating to Certification: Applications, Denials, and Renewals).

  (1) If the certified lead abatement project designer currently possesses department-certification as a lead abatement supervisor, the 180-day limitation does not apply to taking the lead abatement supervisor refresher course. However, the 180-day limitation must still be met for renewing a lead abatement supervisor certification as required in §295.208(e) of this title (relating to Lead Abatement Supervisor: Certification Requirements).

  (2) If a certification holder makes a timely and sufficient application for the renewal of the certification by their current certification's expiration date, the current certification in his/her possession does not expire until the application has been finally approved or denied by the department. The person whose certification has been expired for less than one year may renew their certification by complying with the requirements of §295.205(h) of this title. Certifications that have been expired for a period of one year or more beyond the three-year expiration date cannot be renewed. The person whose certification has been expired for a period of one year or more may become re-certified by complying with the current requirements and procedures, including any examination requirements, for an original certification, subject to the certification requirements of subsection (b) of this section.

  (3) To maintain certification, the certified lead abatement project designer must seek re-certification by submitting a complete certification renewal application to the department no later than 30 days before the certification expires. If the certified lead abatement project designer does not submit an application for re-certification by that date, the application will not be deemed timely filed and the department cannot guarantee that the application will be reviewed and acted upon before the end of the lead abatement project designer's certification period.

(e) Fees.

  (1) Two-year certifications. Effective January 1, 2005, the fee for a two-year lead abatement project designer certification shall be $600. The fee must accompany the initial or renewal certification application.

  (2) Three-year certifications. Three-year certifications, which were issued prior to January 1, 2005, shall remain valid for the remainder of their three-year term provided that the annual fee of $300 is paid on time to the department. Upon expiration of this three-year certification, a fee of $600 for a two-year renewal certification shall be paid upon submission of a complete application. Persons who possess a three-year certification that was issued prior to January 1, 2005, must submit an annual fee when due accompanied by a payment coupon issued by the department. In order to retain a three-year certification for the remainder of its term, all annual fees must be paid on time as required. Upon payment of each annual fee, a new photo identification (ID) card will be issued and shall be valid for the time period for which the annual fee was paid. Failure to make a timely annual fee payment may result in the suspension of the certification.


Source Note: The provisions of this §295.209 adopted to be effective February 19, 1996, 21 TexReg 968; amended to be effective May 10, 1998, 23 TexReg 4280; amended to be effective March 23, 2003, 28 TexReg 2347; amended to be effective January 1, 2005, 29 TexReg 11987

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