ASBESTOS CONTRACTOR/ SUPERVISOR DESCRIPTION:
This is a five day training course that includes lectures, demonstrations, at least fourteen (14) hours of hands-on training, individual respirator fit testing, course review, and a written examination. The course addresses the following topics:
(A) physical characteristics of asbestos, and ACM: identification of asbestos, aerodynamic characteristics, typical uses, physical appearance a review of hazard assessment considerations, and a summary of abatement control options;
(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; synergism between cigarette smoking and asbestos exposure; latency period for disease and a discussion of the relationship of asbestos exposure to asbestosis, lung cancer, mesothelioma, and cancers of other organs;
(C) employee personal protective equipment: classes and characteristics of respirator types; limitations of respirators; selection, inspection, donning, use, maintenance, and storage procedures for respirators; methods for field testing of the facepiece-to-face seal (positive and negative pressure fit checks); qualitative and quantitative fit testing procedures; variability between field and laboratory protection factors; factors that alter respirator 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 and regulations covering personal protective equipment;
(D) state-of-the-art work practices: proper work practices for asbestos abatement activities, including descriptions of proper construction and maintenance of barriers and decontamination enclosure systems; positioning of warning signs, electrical and ventilation system lock-out; proper working techniques for minimizing fiber release; use of wet methods, use of negative pressure exhaust ventilation equipment; use of HEPA vacuums and proper clean-up and disposal procedures; work practices for removal, encapsulation, enclosure, and repair of ACM; emergency procedures for unplanned releases, potential exposure situations; transport and disposal procedures, recommended and prohibited work practices; New asbestos abatement-related techniques and methodologies.
(E) personal hygiene: entry and exit procedures for the work area; use of showers; avoidance of eating, drinking, smoking, and chewing (gum or tobacco) in the work area; potential exposures, such as family exposure;
(F) additional safety hazards: hazards encountered during abatement activities and how to deal with them, including electrical hazards, heat stress, air contaminants other than asbestos, fire and explosion hazards, scaffold and ladder hazards, slips, trips and falls, and confined spaces.
(G) medical monitoring: OSHA and EPA Worker Protection Rule Requirements for Physical Examinations including a pulmonary function test, chest X-rays and a medical history for each employee.
(H) air monitoring. Procedures to determine airborne concentration of asbestos fibers, including a description of aggressive air sampling, sampling equipment and methods, reasons for air monitoring, types of samples, and interpretation of results, especially from analysis performed by polarized light, phase-contrast, and electron microscopy analysis;
(I) relevant federal, state and local regulatory. requirements, procedures and standards including:
(i) Requirements of TSCA, Title II.
(ii) 40 CFR Part 61, NESHAP, Subparts A (General Provisions) and M (National Emission Standards for Asbestos);
(iii) OSHA respiratory standard 29 CFR 1910.134;
(iv) OSHA Asbestos Construction Standard (29 CFR 1926.1101); and
(v) EPA Worker Protection Rule (40 CFR Part 763, Subpart G);
(J) respiratory protection programs and medical monitoring programs.
(K) insurance and liability issues: contractor issues; workers compensation coverage and exclusions; third-party liabilities and defenses; insurance coverages and exclusions.
(L) recordkeeping for-asbestos abatement projects: records required by federal, state and local regulations; records recommended for legal and insurance purposes.
(M) supervisory techniques for asbestos abatement activities: supervisory practices to enforce and reinforce the required work practices and discourage unsafe work practices;
(N) contract specifications: discussion of key elements that are included in contract specifications; and
(O) 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.