What is the Connelly Act? The asbestos notification rule.

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The Connelly Act, not to be confused with the Connally Act,  was established by AB 3713 of 1988 and it is also known as the Asbestos Notification Rule.  AB3713 implemented California Health & Safety Code Section 25915 which requires building owners to disclose to employee’s the existence of ACM in their buildings to the occupants of that building. If the building was constructed prior to 1979, then the building owner must make these notifications. If you manage school districts in California, then it is likely that you have many buildings built prior to 1979.

The Act also allows for the development of an Asbestos Management Plan.

25915. (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the owner of
any building constructed prior to 1979, who knows that the building
contains asbestos-containing construction materials, shall provide
notice to all employees of that owner working within the building
concerning all of the following:

(1) The existence of, conclusions from, and a description or list
of the contents of, any survey known to the owner conducted to
determine the existence and location of asbestos-containing
construction materials within the building, and information
describing when and where the results of the survey are available
pursuant to Section 25917.
(2) Specific locations within the building known to the owner, or
identified in a survey known to the owner, where asbestos-containing
construction materials are present in any quantity.
(3) General procedures and handling restrictions necessary to
prevent, and, if appropriate, to minimize disturbance, release, and
exposure to the asbestos. If detailed handling instructions are
necessary to ensure employee safety, the notice required by this
section shall indicate where those instructions can be found.
(4) A summary of the results of any bulk sample analysis, or air
monitoring, or monitoring conducted pursuant to Section 5208 of Title
8 of the California Code of Regulations, conducted for or by the
owner or within the owner’s control, including reference to sampling
and laboratory procedures utilized, and information describing when
and where the specific monitoring data and sampling procedures are
available pursuant to Section 25917.
(5) Potential health risks or impacts that may result from
exposure to the asbestos in the building as identified in surveys or
tests referred to in this section, or otherwise known to the owner.

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