Asbestos worker training explained
Asbestos worker training is mandated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA requires employers to provide training for all of its employees exposed to, or with anticipated exposure to, fiber levels at or above the permissible exposure limit (PEL).
The intensity of the training and the content of the courses is determined by a work classification system that spells out mandatory, simple, technological work practices that employers must follow to reduce worker exposures. Under this system, four classes of asbestos work are matched with increasingly stringent control requirements. Training must be presented at the initial assignment and at least annually thereafter.
Class I asbestos work is the most potentially hazardous class of asbestos jobs. This work involves the removal of asbestos-containing thermal system insulation and sprayed-on or troweled-on surfacing materials.
Class II work includes the removal of other types of asbestos-containing material (ACM) that are not thermal system insulation such as cementitious materials, resilient flooring, and roofing materials.
Class III asbestos work includes repair and maintenance operations where ACM or presumed ACM (PACM) are disturbed.
Class IV work includes custodial activities where employees clean up asbestos-containing waste and debris produced by construction, maintenance, or repair activities.
Asbestos Worker Training Provided
The Asbestos Worker Training courses offered by AMRC include:
- Asbestos Cement Pipe, Initial and Refresher
- OSHA Class II Worker Training, Initial and Refresher
- Asbestos Awareness Training
- Asbestos Abatement Worker, Initial and Refresher
- Asbestos Operations and Maintenance, Initial and Refresher
- Asbestos Inspector Refresher Course
- Asbestos Abatement Project Management and Supervisor Refresher Course
- Asbestos Management Planner Refresher Course
NEW — Asbestos Worker Training specific to underground AC pipe
Underground utility companies may suddenly be awarded a project and not be prepared to remove the asbestos present in the cementitious AC pipe. AMRC now offers Class II Asbestos Worker Training specifically for this situation and can provide the “asbestos competent” person for the project. The course covers:
- Training requirements
- Identification of pipes
- Work area preparation
- Air monitoring exposure
- Personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Conducting the work
- Removal of the debris
- Proper disposal
As a Florida Approved Provider, AMRC adheres to the applicable (OSHA and EPA) requirements as designated. Our environmental training classes are designed to present the technical material in a clear, concise manner that is easy to comprehend. They are presented by skilled professionals whose knowledge extends beyond the textbook basics into actual, on-the-job experience.
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