ASBESTOS INSPECTOR INITIAL DESCRIPTION:
This is a 3 day initial course with a half day annual refresher.
The inspector training course includes lectures, demonstrations, at least four hours of hands-on training, individual respirator fit testing, course-review and a written examination. The course includes instruction on:
(A) background information on asbestos: identification of asbestos, and examples and discussion of the uses and location of asbestos in facilities and physical appearance of asbestos;
(B) potential health effects related to asbestos exposure: the nature of asbestos-related diseases; routes of exposure; dose-response relationships and the lack of a safe exposure level; the synergistic effect between cigarette smoking and asbestos exposure; the latency period for asbestos-related diseases and a discussion of the relationship of the asbestos exposure to asbestosis, lung cancer, mesothelioma and cancer of other organs;
(C) functions/qualifications and role of inspectors: discussions of prior experience and qualifications for inspectors and management planners; discussions of the functions of an inspector as compared to those of a management planner and discussion of inspection process including inventory of ACM and physical assessment;
(D) legal liabilities and defenses:
responsibilities of the inspector and management planner; a discussion of comprehensive general liability policies, claims made and occurrence policies, environmental and pollution liability policy clauses; state liability insurance requirements and bonding and the relationship of insurance availability to bond availability;
(E) understanding facility systems. The interrelationship between facility systems, including an overview of common facility physical plan layouts; HVAC system tapes, physical organization and where asbestos is found on HVAC components; facility mechanical systems, their types and organization and where to look for asbestos on such systems; inspecting electrical systems, including appropriate safety precautions, and reading blueprints and as-built drawings;
(F) occupant relations: notifying employee organizations about the inspection; signs to warn facility occupants; tact in dealing with occupants and the press; scheduling of inspections to minimize disruption and education of facility occupants about actions being taken;
(G) preinspection planning and review of previous inspection records: scheduling the inspection and obtaining access; facility record review; identification of probable homogeneous areas from blueprints or as-built drawings; consultation with maintenance or facility personnel; review of previous inspection, sampling and abatement records of a facility and the role of the inspector in exclusions for previously performed inspections,
(H) inspecting for friable and non-friable ACM and assessing the condition of friable ACM: procedures to follow in conducting visual inspection for friable and non-friable ACM; types of building materials that may contain asbestos; touching materials to determine friability; open return air plenums and their importance in HVAC systems; assessing damage, significant damage, potential damage, and potential significant damage; amount of suspected ACM, both in total quantity and as a percentage of the total area; type of damage; accessibility; material’s potential for disturbance; known or suspected causes of damage or significant damage and deterioration as assessment factors;
(I) bulk sampling/documentation of asbestos in schools: detailed discussion of the “Simplified Sampling Scheme for Friable Surfacing Materials (EPA 560/5-85-030a October 1985. techniques to ensure sampling in a randomly distributed manner for nonfriable surfacing materials; sampling of nonfriable materials;’ techniques for bulk sampling; inspector’s sampling and repair equipment; patching or repair of damage done from sampling; an inspector’s repair kit; discussion of polarized light microscopy; choosing an accredited laboratory to analyze bulk samples; quality control and quality assurance procedures;
(J) inspector respiratory protection and personal protective equipment: classes and characteristics of respirator types; limitations of respirators; proper selection, inspection, donning, use, maintenance and storage procedures for respirators; methods for field testing of facepiece-to-face seal (positive and negative pressure fit checks); qualitative and quantitative fit testing procedures; variability between field and laboratory protection factors that alter respiratory fit (e.g., facial hair); the components of a proper respiratory protection program; selection and use of personal protective clothing; use, storage, and handling of non-disposable clothing;
(K) recordkeeping and writing the inspection report: labeling of samples and keying sample identification to sampling location; recommendations on sample labeling; detailing of ACM inventory; photographs of selected sampling areas and examples of ACM condition and information required for inclusion in the management plan by TSCA Title II Section 203 (i)(1);
(L) regulatory review: National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP; 40 CFR Part 61, Subparts A and M); EPA Worker Protection Rule (40 CFR Part 763, Subpart G); OSHA Asbestos Construction Standard (29 CFR 1926.1001); OSHA Respirator requirements (29 CFR 1910.134); the Friable Asbestos in Schools Rule (40 CFR Part 763, Subpart F); applicable state and local regulations, and differences between federal and state requirements where they apply, and the effects, if any, on public and nonpublic schools or commercial or public facilities;
(M) field trip: a field exercise including a walk-through inspection; on-site discussion on information gathering and determination of sampling locations; on-site practice in physical assessment and classroom discussion of field exercise.
(N) course review: a review of key aspects of the training course.
Prerequisite for those who wish to be fit tested is a medical approval form indicating the individual can wear a respirator and the respirator.
Individuals must be clean shaven in the area of the respirator seal to the face.