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:
Conduct all training in a manner and language in which the worker is able to understand and includes the following topics:
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.
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.
Employees engaged in work involving ACM or PACM, such as roofing, flooring, siding materials, ceiling tiles, or transite panels, must be trained in:
Training must also include:
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.
Maintenance and repair work where ACM or PACM may be disturbed requires training that includes:
The training must include hands-on practice 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:
Training must also include:
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:
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.
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.
Train competent persons for Class III and Class IV work at the same level as a Class III worker.
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:
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