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Asbestos Training Program Requirements

Asbestos training is an extremely important component of the Asbestos Safety Program. The employer should develop it so employees know why it is important to be protected against airborne asbestos. Some important things to remember are:

  • The training program should include initial training before the employee is exposed at or above the PEL and/or EL, and annual training thereafter.
  • Provide the training at no cost to the employee.
  • Employers must ensure employee participation in the program.

Conduct all training in a manner and language in which the worker is able to understand and includes the following topics:

  • health effects of asbestos exposure;
  • the relationship between smoking and asbestos in producing lung cancer;
  • methods for recognizing asbestos, to presume certain building materials contain asbestos;
  • the quantity, location, manner of use, release, and storage of asbestos, and the specific nature of operations which could result in exposure to asbestos;
  • the engineering controls and work practices associated with the employee's job assignment;
  • the specific procedures implemented to protect employees from exposure to asbestos, such as appropriate work practices, emergency and clean-up procedures, and personal protective equipment to be used;
  • the purpose, proper use, and limitations of respirators and protective clothing, if appropriate;
  • the purpose of, and a description of the medical surveillance program;
  • the content of OSHA's asbestos standards for general industry, construction, or shipyard operations, as appropriate;
  • smoking cessation program material and other public health organization information; and,
  • posting signs and affixing labels and the meaning of the required sign and label legends.

Training for Work in Regulated Areas

When OSHA requires training for work in regulated areas, the employer should train each employee who is likely to be exposed in excess of a PEL and each employee who performs Class I through IV asbestos operations.

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Class I Training

Employees removing asbestos-containing materials (ACM) or presumed asbestos containing materials (PACM) such as thermal system insulation must be trained in accordance with EPA's Model Accreditation Plan (MAP) for asbestos abatement worker. This training is outlined in 40 CFR 763. This is a four–day training course that includes lectures, demonstrations, at least 14 hours of hands-on training, individual respirator fit testing, course review, and an examination. This level requires eight-hour annual refresher training.

Class II Training

Employees engaged in work involving ACM or PACM, such as roofing, flooring, siding materials, ceiling tiles, or transite panels, must be trained in:

  • the methods of recognizing asbestos,
  • the health effects of asbestos,
  • the relationship between smoking and asbestos in producing lung cancer,
  • the nature of operations that could result in exposure to asbestos, and
  • the importance of all protective controls to minimize exposure (including engineering, work practice, PPE, etc).

Training must also include:

  • the use and limitations of control measures;
  • medical surveillance program requirements;
  • the content of the asbestos standard, including appendices, smoking cessation programs, and
  • the requirements for posting signs and affixing labels; and the meaning of any legends on those signs and labels.

This training must last at least eight hours and include hands-on training. Employees must have an annual refresher, although there is no specific time duration for the refresher training.

Training for Work in Regulated Areas (Continued)

Class III Training

Maintenance and repair work where ACM or PACM may be disturbed requires training that includes:

  • information regarding asbestos and its various uses and forms;
  • the health effects associated with asbestos exposure;
  • the location of ACM and PACM identified throughout each building in which the employee works;
  • recognition of damage, deterioration, and delamination of ACM and PACM;
  • information on respiratory protection; information from 40 CFR 763.91, 40 CFR 763.92, 40 CFR 763.93; and
  • information in the Hazard Communication Standard.

The training must include hands-on of work practices, control measures, and protective equipment. This training must be at least 16 hours. Employees must have an annual refresher, although there is no specific time duration for the refresher training.

The competent person can decide that this training is inappropriate for workers, in which case employers can use an alternative training method. The training must also include:

  • methods of recognizing asbestos,
  • the health effects of asbestos,
  • the relationship between smoking and asbestos in producing lung cancer,
  • the nature of operations that could result in exposure to asbestos, and
  • the importance of all protective controls to minimize exposure (including engineering, work practice, PPE, etc).

Training must also include:

  • the use and limitations of these controls;
  • medical surveillance program requirements;
  • the content of the asbestos standard including appendices,
  • smoking cessation programs, and
  • the requirements for posting signs and affixing labels; and the meaning of any legends on those signs and labels.

Class IV Training

Training for employees performing Class IV operations should be consistent with EPA requirements for training of local education agency maintenance and custodial staff. Conduct two-hour initial and annual refresher training and include information concerning:

  • the locations of thermal system insulation and surfacing ACM/PACM, and asbestos-containing flooring material, or flooring material where the absence of asbestos has not yet been certified;
  • the recognition of damage, deterioration, and delamination of asbestos containing building materials (such a course shall take at least 2 hours)

Training for Competent Persons in Construction

A competent person is someone who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions that are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees, and who is authorized to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them.

For asbestos work, in addition to the above, the competent person is capable of identifying existing asbestos hazards in the workplace and selecting the appropriate control strategy for asbestos exposure, and has the authority to take prompt corrective actions to eliminate them.

Class I and II Competent Person Training

Competent persons supervising Class I or Class II work must be trained in accordance with EPA's Model Accreditation Plan (MAP) for asbestos supervisors. This training is outlined in 40 CFR 763. This is a five-day training course includes lectures, demonstrations, at least 14 hours of hands-on training, individual respirator fit testing, course review, and an examination. This also requires eight-hour annual refresher training.

Class III and IV Competent Person Training

Train competent persons for Class III and Class IV work at the same level as a Class III worker.

Access to Training Materials

The employer should make a copy of OSHA's asbestos standard available to employees. The employer should also provide, when requested, all materials related to the information and training program to OSHA. The following requirements also apply:

  • The employer or building owner does not have to provide asbestos-related information to employees if:
    • they can prove through inspection results that PACM does not contain asbestos, or
    • tests on PACM proves that no ACM is present in the material.

Instructions

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1. Which of the following is not true about asbestos safety training?

2. Employees removing asbestos-containing materials (ACM) or presumed asbestos containing materials (PACM) must receive Class I training in accordance with_____.

3. When OSHA requires training for work in regulated areas, the employer should train each employee who is likely to be exposed in excess of a PEL and each employee who _____.

4. For asbestos work, the competent person must be able to do each of the following except ______.

5. The employer should make a copy of OSHA's asbestos standard available to _____ and all materials related to the information and training program to _____.


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