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EPA Office of Land and Emergency Management (Superfund) Asbestos Worker Safety

Category: Health and Safety

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This course is designed to meet the requirements of the OSHA Class III Worker and provide On-Scene Coordinators (OSCs) and Remedial Project Managers (RPMs) with additional information needed to successfully manage a project where asbestos is removed. The training provides the minimum safety training needed to conduct soil sampling during a Removal Site Evaluation (RSE) or Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS); however, 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. 

This course is intended for OSCs, RPMs, and Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM) personnel who support OSCs and RPMs. 

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

·         Understand the basics of asbestos and the forms of asbestos (include Libby amphiboles and other non-ACBM types), and past and current uses

·         Understand the health risks associated with asbestos exposure

·         Understand the likely exposure situations for RPM, OSC, and other Superfund support personnel while conducting Superfund site work

·         Identify the various Federal asbestos laws and regulations

·         Identify EPAs 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

·         Understand the principals of asbestos air sampling, air sample analysis, bulk sampling and bulk sampling analysis including Superfund-specific sampling methods

·         Identify asbestos disposal requirements 

Initial Course Length – 16 to 24 hours; Refresher Course Length – 4 hours, required annually <o:p></o:p>