Asbestos is often found in older buildings and represents a serious hazard to health for those who encounter it. At one time because of its low cost and high resistance factors, it was a common material used in many kinds of buildings from the 1940s until 1990. Boiler and pipe insulation may also contain asbestos resulting in diseases like mesothelioma and asbestosis.
Local and federal government have asbestos abatement laws and building requirement codes in place for dealing with asbestos-containing materials, known as ACM’s. Any independent contractor or business involved in a project involving asbestos removal must first take an asbestos training course from a certified training school.
There are many kinds of asbestos training courses. Read on to learn about some of them and what is involved in the courses so you can make a determination of what suits your particular needs.
Asbestos Training Laws And Regulations
OSHA states it is a requirement of all employers to provide a mandatory asbestos training course lasting two hours every year for all employees who are exposed to airborne asbestos fibers that are microscopic in size and do not dissolve into the atmosphere. There are no safe levels of asbestos exposure. The EPA also requires all university and school custodial and maintenance staff undergo 16 hours of training.
Asbestos Safety Course
This is a beginners course for anyone likely to encounter asbestos at home or at work. It covers the basics about asbestos, identifying asbestos products, asbestos regulations, the health hazards, legal requirements and how to protect yourself (and others) for asbestos exposure. obviously, the course meets OSHA regulations regarding the removal and handling of materials containing asbestos as well as demolition, renovation, and construction work in buildings that contain asbestos materials.
Asbestos Awareness Training
OSHA requires all employers with asbestos in the business premises provide this course for all of the employees who may come into contact with said materials. This course is also required for those work as custodial and maintenance staff in universities and schools. This course covers the history of the product, how it was used, federal and local regulations, health effects concerning asbestos, how it can be contained and how exposure to airborne asbestos fibers can be avoided.
Construction Professionals and Contractors Asbestos Training
Workers, construction managers, and independent contractors are required to understand the dangers of working with asbestos. This course is designed specifically for employees and employers who work in a wide range of buildings containing asbestos. It also covers all the information needed to avoid asbestos exposure and maintain all EPA and OSHA health and safety requirements.
Supervisors And Managers Asbestos Training
An Asbestos Supervisor License is required for all managers and supervisors. This training course is specifically designed to provide all the information a supervisor needs to know in order to become certified and lead employees who handle asbestos. An Asbestos Supervisory Certificate is provided upon successful completion of the course and has to be renewed periodically by taking a refresher course.
Material Handlers And Asbestos Workers Training
For workers handling asbestos, this training provides the needed info on the removal and handling of asbestos products as well as their safe disposal. It also covers asbestos encapsulation and hows to maintain and use personal protective equipment. all workers are required to complete this course and attain an Asbestos Workers License that is periodically reviewed.
Maintenance Staff And Technicians Asbestos Training
When there are even small amounts of asbestos materials in the workplace need to be fully trained and know and understand the risks associated with asbestos. Maintenance, custodial staff, and building technicians are required to take this course to know how to avoid exposure to asbestos and be able to perform their work safely in locations that contain asbestos materials.