This Asbestos Contractor/Supervisor Initial Certification course is required for individuals who supervise workers performing asbestos-related work activity or has the authority to act as the agent of the asbestos contractor at the asbestos work site. The asbestos contractor/supervisor is responsible to act as the OSHA competent persons during asbestos abatement activities, providing supervision and direction to workers engaged in asbestos-related work activity. Certification as an asbestos contractor/supervisor ensures that the individuals who supervise asbestos-related work are properly trained.
The Asbestos Contractor/Supervisor Initial training course is 40 hours and provides in-depth knowledge and instruction on state-of-the-art asbestos abatement methods and procedures including extensive real-life practical experience that you can immediately apply to your work activity. Get certified today and start working tomorrow.
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The purpose of this course is to train individuals conducting asbestos contractor/supervisor activities on methods and procedures including:
- Understand roles and responsibilities of the asbestos contractor/supervisor
- To become familiar with characteristics of asbestos and uses
- Understand asbestos exposure and associated health effects and required PPE
- Understand building systems and components
- Know asbestos abatement control methods
- Understand state-of-the-art asbestos abatement methods and procedures
- Know legal, liability and relationship responsibilities
- Report interpretation and development
Asbestos Contractor/Supervisor Initial Course Overview
- Background Information on Asbestos
- Potential Health Effects Related to Asbestos Exposure
- Respiratory Protection and Medical Surveillance
- Associated Health and Safety Hazards
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Asbestos Abatement Control Methods
- Asbestos Abatement Methods and Procedures
- Contractual Specifications
- Asbestos Contractor/Supervisor Roles and Responsibilities
- Legal and Liability Issues
- Recordkeeping and Reporting
- Regulatory Review
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get certified as an asbestos contractor/supervisor?
To become a properly trained and accredited asbestos contractor/supervisor you will need to seek training from a training provider that offers courses approved by the EPA or a state to conduct asbestos training pursuant to the Asbestos Model Accreditation Plan. Most states also require a license to perform this work. Your training course completion certificate is a general prerequisite to applying for such a license. The asbestos contractor/supervisor training course is 5 days in length. EPA Accredited asbestos training courses are offered in five separate disciplines; Asbestos Abatement Worker, Asbestos Contractor/Supervisor, Asbestos Inspector, Asbestos Management Planner and Asbestos Project Designer. Some states may refer to these training disciplines by different, yet similar names.
How do I know if my state has additional requirements to become licensed as an asbestos contractor/supervisor?
Many states administer an asbestos program including having additional requirements to become licensed as a licensed asbestos contractor/supervisor. The Environmental Protection Agency has compiled a list names and contact numbers for states that administer their own asbestos program. If your state administers their own program, you should contact them to identify state-specific requirements for becoming licensed as an asbestos inspector.
To find out if your state administers their own asbestos program, visit the EPA State Asbestos Contacts page.
Can an accredited asbestos contractor/supervisor perform the activity of an accredited asbestos worker (handler) without further training?
Yes. 40 CFR part 763, subpart E, Appendix C, Unit I.B.1. of the Asbestos Model Accreditation Plan permits accredited contractor/supervisors to “perform in the role of a worker without possessing separate accreditation as a worker.” Therefore, if a state wishes to permit its accredited asbestos contractor/supervisors to relinquish their certificates in favor of accreditation certificates as workers, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has no basis upon which to object.
Can an asbestos contractor/supervisors collect asbestos bulk samples for the purpose of inspection if they have not obtained separate asbestos inspector accreditation?
No, accredited workers and contractor/supervisors are not accredited to perform inspections and must obtain separate inspector accreditation in order to collect bulk samples in order to determine the presence or location of asbestos-containing building materials.
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