This Asbestos Abatement Worker Initial Certification course is required for individuals who perform asbestos-related work activity. The asbestos abatement worker is responsible for activities that disturb asbestos containing building materials (ACBM) including asbestos removal, repair, encapsulation, enclosure and operations and maintenance. Certification as an asbestos abatement worker ensures that the individuals who perform asbestos related work activity are properly trained.
The Asbestos Abatement Worker Initial training course is 32 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. Course is delivered in Spanish.
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The purpose of this course is to train individuals conducting asbestos abatement worker activities on methods and procedures including:
- Pre-asbestos abatement work activities
- Work area preparation
- Establishing decontamination units
- Personal protection, including respirator selection, use, fit-testing, and protective clothing
- Worker decontamination procedures
- Safety considerations in the abatement work area
- A series of practical hands-on exercises
- Proper handling and disposal of ACM wastes
Asbestos Worker/Handler Initial Course Overview
- Physical characteristics of asbestos
- Potential health effects related to asbestos exposure
- Employee personal protective equipment (PPE)
- State-of-the-art work practices
- Personal hygiene
- Additional related safety hazards
- Medical monitoring
- Air monitoring
- Regulatory requirements
- Respiratory protection program development
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get certified as an asbestos abatement worker?
To become a properly trained and accredited asbestos abatement worker 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 abatement worker training course is 4 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 abatement worker?
Many states administer an asbestos program including having additional requirements to become licensed as a licensed asbestos abatement worker. 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 asbestos abatement worker 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.
I am the CEO of what used to be a modestly large property management firm. As I near retirement, we've stopped hiring new people to replace those who retire. Recently our Certified Lead Inspector and Certified Renovator employees retired, so I figured I'd take the class myself so we'd be able to keep on top of our much smaller current portfolio of properties. After 30 years of running renovations, sending employees to training and record keeping I thought the class would be a snooze and huge waste of my time. Just be sure, I ordered and read the entire textbook in advance, so I figured there was nothing for me to learn in the class. I was wrong.
The instructor, Robert, was amazingly able to make the dry material interesting and to relate it to real world issues. Just a simple "for instance," he asked "what's in the bottom of your toolbox." At home last night I found at least a quarter inch of dust in my nail bags and bottom of the tool box. As I reached for the air hose to blow it out, I remember what Robert said about using a HEPA vac to clean up the dust instead of blowing air.
And biggest of all, my entire half century of working with lead and lead paints, I learned to think of protective measures in terms of PPE. Robert convincingly showed how environmental and engineering controls can be safer, cheaper and more comfortable.
The class shifted my entire mindset from PPE to not making dust in the first place. This will be useful in just about everything we do, not just lead work. My nailbags are now cleaned and oiled and I found all the little tools that had gotten lost in the debris at the bottom of my tool box.
At one point in the class I thought I'd caught Robert making a mistake or exaggeration. At break I asked him about it. He seemed really interested in my question. He researched and showed me why he was correct.
I highly recommend Robert as an instructor.
10/10 Very informative and responsive to questions.
Instructor did an excellent job. He took his time with each person and explained it until they were able to understand.
I didn't know how harmful it really was to children. Bob did great, taught us the best of his and everyone else's knowledge.