Asbestos is the common name given to a group of naturally occurring fibrous minerals that include chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, tremolite, anthophyllite, actinolite and any of these materials that have been chemically treated or altered. Asbestos has been used throughout the years in products such as pipe, insulation, floor & ceiling tiles, roofing material, textiles, vehicle brakes, clutches and many more. Asbestos exposure may occur in the construction, general industry and in ship yards when disturbing asbestos containing materials during repairs, renovation, demolition or other work processes.
Asbestos is serious health hazard and its use is heavily regulated by local, state & federal regulatory agencies. Asbestos fibers are so small that they cannot seen with the naked eye. Breathing asbestos fibers causes buildup of scar-like tissue in the lungs called asbestosis, and results in loss of lung function, that can progress to disability and death. Asbestos also causes cancer of the lungs and other fatal diseases such as mesothelioma of the pleura, a malignant tumor of the membrane lining of the lungs or stomach.
Worker exposure to asbestos hazards are addressed in state & federal OSHA standards. These standards reduce the risk to workers by requiring that employers provide the necessary training & exposure monitoring, to properly assess the risks to asbestos. There is no “SAFE” level of asbestos exposure for any type of asbestos fiber. Every occupational exposure to asbestos can contribute to injury and even death! Keeping your employees safe from asbestos exposure is a critical component of an effective Accident Prevention Program.
Topics addressed during this Asbestos Awareness course include:
- Forms of asbestos and characteristics
- Identification of Asbestos Containing Material (ACM)
- Health hazards associated with asbestos exposure
- Classes and requirements of certified asbestos workers
- Competent & Qualified Person(s) responsibilities
- Engineering & work practice controls
- Proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Permissible Exposure Limits (PEL)
- Exposure assessment & recordkeeping
- Medical surveillance program
Course attendees must complete a written test. Upon successful completion, attendees will receive a certificate of completion wallet card valid for three (3) years.
Course: Asbestos Awareness
Course Duration: 2-3hrs
Certification Expiration: 1 year (annual retraining required)
Course Pricing & Special Rates: Contact us for course pricing and inquire about our special rates