Winning in Texas

At the time this article is being written, the Texas State Senate passed House Bill 2010, which would support workplace safety training in schools for teens in Grades 7 through 12. Having previously passed the House, the bill now heads to the Governor, and is expected to become law by mid-June 2017.

AIHA has been deeply involved in this bill for several months, from our grassroots to the top of the association, with all six of our Texas Local Sections signing onto letters to the Texas House and Senate in support of this bill. AIHA President Steven E. Lacey, PhD, CIH, CSP, also testified before the Texas House Public Education Committee and Texas Senate Education Committee. We additionally worked with several other OEHS professional associations to help advance this bill as it passed through the Legislature.

This bill represents a significant  success for AIHA, which once again demonstrated its ability to come together to achieve our common objectives. House Bill 2010 also now serves as model legislation for other States.

Interested in getting similar legislation enacted in your State? Contact Mark Ames at mames@aiha.org.

Unrelated to these efforts, but also in Texas, AIHA recently submitted comments to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation on their proposed rule for mold assessors and remediators. Our recommendations addressed: 
  • ​Clarifying references to Certified Industrial Hygienists
  • Exempting CIH’s from additional educational and training requirements related to mold assessment and remediation
  • Eliminating a proposed requirements for those licensed to perform mold remediation and assessment to maintain an office in Texas
  • Modifying the rule to allow a visual inspection to be sufficient as the post-remediation clearance criteria with the use of microbial air samples as the secondary verification method
  • Including references to technical publications the describe industry-accepted methods for completing thorough mold remediation projects