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Asbestos Worker Safety

Category: Health and Safety

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This 2-day course is designed to meet the requirements for the OSHA Class III Asbestos Worker found in 29 CFR 1926.1101(k)(9)(v).  EPA staff coordinating or conducting Superfund asbestos sampling activities may be exposed to asbestos above a permissible exposure limit and should receive equivalent training.   The course was developed to address the specific safe work practices used during Superfund sampling activities since they are not adequately covered by the curriculum found in 40 CFR 763.92(a)(2).  The course will also provide On-Scene Coordinators (OSCs) with information needed to successfully manage a project where asbestos contamination is evaluated and removed. The course provides the minimum safety training needed to conduct soil sampling during a Removal Site Evaluation (RSE) or Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS) and provides information about all aspects of asbestos work.

Note: This training does not meet the Asbestos NESHAP requirements to conduct asbestos inspections in Schools, or Public or Commercial Buildings. Additional training would be required if EPA personnel are conducting an AHERA/ASHARA inspection, acting as a Supervisor of an abatement crew, or performing actual asbestos abatement.

At the end of the course, participants will have an understanding of:

  • The basics of asbestos and the forms of asbestos (include Libby amphiboles and other non-ACBM types), and past and current uses.
  • The health risks associated with asbestos exposure.
  • The likely exposure situations for RPM, OSC, and other Superfund support personnel while conducting Superfund Site Work.
  • The various Federal asbestos laws and regulations.
  • EPA's risk-based cleanup/action levels and the Superfund Asbestos Framework.
  • The standard procedures and work practice controls to protect workers from asbestos exposure, including personal protective donning and doffing and respiratory protection.
  • The principals of asbestos air sampling, air sample analysis, bulk sampling and bulk sampling analysis including Superfund-specific sampling methods.
  • Asbestos disposal requirements.

    Instructional methods include a combination of lectures, case studies, and group discussions.  The course will also include a practical, hands-on training component.

This course meets the classroom and hands-on instruction requirements for the OSHA Class III Asbestos Worker as defined in 29 CRF 1926.1101(k)(9)(v).  Participants will obtain and OSHA Class III Asbestos Worker-equivalent certification. 

This course is open to EPA staff, but priority will be given to OSCs.

Initial Course Length – 16 hours;

Refresher Course Length – 4 hours, required annually

Continuing Education Units: 1.5