The Asbestos Inspector initial course is an EPA/State of Michigan required course in order to perform asbestos sampling and inspection activities in all buildings within the State of Michigan.
This three-day course teaches the requirements of performing asbestos inspections in public, commercial and school buildings through topics that include historic uses of asbestos, health effects, types of asbestos materials, location of asbestos materials in buildings, proper sampling methods, and required documentation and report creation standards.
Upon completion of this course, attendees must submit certificate and fees to the State of Michigan to obtain their State certification as asbestos inspectors, prior to conducting inspection activities. Michigan requires that applicants must be able to document either a) one year of experience in asbestos-related work (25%) or general building inspections related to environmental and health concerns or b) at least five years experience with supervisory experience in general building operations and maintenance.
This Asbestos Inspector training course accredits individuals to assess the condition of asbestos material and report the results. Any person who performs the tasks involved in the asbestos survey, identification and assessment of the condition of asbestos and asbestos material, or who is involved in the collection of bulk samples of asbestos material for laboratory analysis, needs this training. This workshop prepares you to immediately apply your knowledge to the field, with extensive hands-on training and real-world examples from experienced instructors.
Why Should You Take This Asbestos Inspector training course?
This Asbestos Inspector training course accredits individuals to assess the condition of asbestos material and report the results. Any person who performs the tasks involved in the asbestos survey, identification and assessment of the condition of asbestos and asbestos material, or who is involved in the collection of bulk samples of asbestos material for laboratory analysis, needs this training.
Training for asbestos abatement professionals is required under the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act of 1986 (AHERA), which is the authority under which EPA issued the EPA Asbestos Model Accreditation Plan. This course has been granted full approval by the EPA and various States to meet AHERA and ASHARA accreditation requirements for asbestos work in K-12 schools, as well as in public and commercial buildings.
OSHA requires that all surfacing material - (i.e. sprayed-on or trowled-on materials) and all thermal systems insulation must be presumed to be asbestos containing materials (PACM) in buildings constructed before 1981. OSHA also requires that in these same buildings, all vinyl, resilient, and asphaltic flooring, and the associated mastics and backings must be assumed to be asbestos containing. Only laboratory analysis of samples obtained by a trained and certified asbestos building inspector can rebut OSHAs position on PACM or flooring in buildings constructed before 1981. Building owners, and those involved with construction activities, must identify all asbestos containing materials in the areas of construction via due diligence.
An Asbestos Inspector must possess a valid Inspector certificate and have a copy of their certificate with them at all times while working on the project. This workshop prepares you to immediately apply your knowledge to the field, with extensive hands-on training and real-world examples from experienced instructors. It combines lectures, discussions, and hands-on demonstrations.
Topics To Be Covered Include:
Types and Uses of Asbestos
Potential Health Effects of Asbestos Exposure
Federal and State Regulatory Framework
Function, Qualifications, and Role of Inspectors
Public/Employee/Building Occupant Relations
Physical Assessment of Friable and Non-Friable ACM
Respiratory Protection and Personal Protective Equipment
Bulk Sampling Documentation and Recordkeeping
Field Experiences and Hands-On Skill Sets
Michigan OSHA regulations and Federal EPA regulations require that any individual who engages in the testing of materials to determine asbestos content must first become a licensed asbestos inspector. Further, this same act requires that this certification be renewed annually ( see Asbestos Inspector in Refresher Training ). While the required applications and exam are provided during the training course, the fees for this licensing are not included in the cost of the training course.