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Becoming a Licensed Contractor

How to become a Licensed Contractor (pdf).

    General Information

    Prospective cleanup contractors should refer to the Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR 333-040) for a complete description of the cleanup program.

    The Department of Human Services makes an illegal drug lab site listing available to licensed contractors, but all arrangements to be hired to perform the site work are made directly with the property owner or owner's agent. To become licensed, a contractor must have at least one supervisor-trained employee on staff. A supervisor must be on site during the sampling of a drug lab property, and must ensure that decontamination activities follow the approved cleanup work plan. Additionally, in order to perform evaluations or cleanup work at drug lab sites (with the exception indicated under "Sampling Personnel") individuals must be employees of a licensed cleanup contractor. Please note that licensed cleanup contractors are not allowed to do both sampling and cleanup at the same site (third-party sampling is required).

    Contractor Forms

    Certification Applications, Site Assessments, Work Plans and Final Reports

    Registering with the Construction Contractors Board

    Prior to being licensed as a Drug Lab Decontamination Contractor, a company must be registered, bonded, and insured as a general contractor with the Oregon Construction Contractors Board. The Department of Human Services requires proof of this registration when enrolling in its two-day contractor training. Contact the CCB

    Drug Lab Cleanup Training

    All employees (supervisory and non-supervisory) of licensed drug lab decontamination contractors who will do any work at illegal drug manufacturing sites must complete The Department of Human Services sponsored drug lab decontamination initial training course (two-day) and pass the final test with a score of at least 70%. This training is generally held once a year. Department of Human Services-sponsored drug lab recertification (refresher) training is required at least every two years.

    To become licensed, a contractor must have at least one supervisor-trained employee on staff. A supervisor must be on site during the sampling of a drug lab property, and must ensure that decontamination activities follow the approved cleanup work plan. Additionally, in order to perform evaluations or cleanup work at drug lab sites (with the exception indicated under " Sampling Personnel") individuals must be employees of a licensed cleanup contractor.

    Please note that licensed cleanup contractors are not allowed to do both sampling and cleanup at the same site (third-party sampling is required).Prospective cleanup contractors should refer to the Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR 333-040) for a complete description of the cleanup program.Prospective cleanup contractors should refer to the Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR 333-040) for a complete description of the cleanup program.

    The Department of Human Services makes an illegal drug lab site listing available to licensed contractors, but all arrangements to be hired to perform the site work are made directly with the property owner or owner's agent.

    Hazmat Training

    All drug lab site workers and supervisors must have successfully completed at least 40 hours of OSHA-required hazardous materials training (HAZWOPER-29 CFR 1910.120[e]) and have current eight hour refresher training (if it has been over 12 months since the initial training) prior to being admitted for drug lab training. Copies of certificates of completion for all required prerequesite courses are required at the time of application for the two day drug lab training course.

    Fees

    • The contractor license fee is $500 during odd years (for a one year license) and $1000 during even years (for a two year license).
    • Licenses expire June 30th, and fees are not prorated at the time of initial licensing.
    • Licenses are all renewed in even years for a two-year period.
    • The fee for the Department of Human Services two-day drug lab training is $250 per person.
    • Recertification training is $100 per person.

    Sampling Personnel

    Companies providing only sample collection, transportation, or testing services for licensed drug lab decontamination contractors are not required to be licensed under the present rules. However, when sampling personnel from these companies are on site, they must be supervised by a licensed contractor.

    Sampling personnel also must meet the requirements for the education, training, and experience found in OAR 333-040-0135 and 333-040-0110(2). The Department recommends that companies send their sampling personnel to the initial training course if they plan to engage in sampling only and not cleanups.