K-12 School Personnel Training
Two-Hour Awareness Training:
All custodial and maintenance staff who work in schools that have Asbestos-Containing Building Materials (ACBM) must have two-hour awareness training. This training includes an introduction to asbestos, its uses and health effects of exposure to asbestos. A critical part of this training is to inform staff about the location of ACBM in buildings in which they work.
Designated Person Training:
The LEA's designated person must receive training that will prepare her or him to oversee the LEA's management plan. In addition to the information provided by awareness training, the training for the designated person must cover information about the detection, identification and assessment of ACM, option for controlling ACM, and relevant regulations affecting the LEA. Even though the designated person must take a "course," no specific course is referenced in the regulations.
Operations and Maintenance Training:
Maintenance staff who disturb ACBM must receive 16-hour operations and maintenance training. In addition to the two-hour awareness training, any staff member who will disturb ACBM while performing maintenance activities must receive an addition 14 hours training in the proper handling of ACBM. The amount of ACBM that may be disturbed by staff receiving this training is limited to the amount of material that can be contained in one standard size glove-bag or disposal bag, generally no more than three square feet or three linear feet of ACBM. Additional training is required if more ACBM is disturbed while performing maintenance work.
Four-Day Asbestos Worker Training:
Four-day Asbestos Hazard Abatement Worker training is required when staff disturbs more ACBM than can be contained in one standard size glove-bag or disposal bag. The four-day course is only offered by trainers who are accredited by the EPA or authorized state agency. Individuals having this training must be supervised by someone who has taken the five-day Asbestos Hazard Abatement Supervisor Course. Individuals performing this work in Ohio must become certified as an Asbestos Hazard Abatement Worker under the Ohio Department of Health.
Five-Day Asbestos Supervisor Training:
Because of the need to have an asbestos hazard abatement supervisor oversee trained abatement workers, some LEAs elect to enroll maintenance staff in the five-day supervisor training instead of four-day training. In this way the trained supervisor is not limited in the amount of ACBM that is disturbed and can serve as his or her own supervisor. As with the worker course, the five-day is only offered by accredited training providers. Individuals performing these duties in Ohio must become certified as an Asbestos Hazard Abatement Specialist under the Ohio Department of Health.
One-Day Flooring Removal Training:
Some LEAs elect to have staff trained in the removal of resilient floor coverings. OSHA requires that workers who remove resilient floor covering have eight hours of training in flooring removal techniques. With this training the flooring must be removed intact. If the flooring is removed intact, these activities do not fall under the requirements of AHERA and are not considered response actions. Persons performing this work must be supervised by someone who has received five-day supervisor training or has twelve hours of competent person training for flooring removal. Training to serve as the competent person for flooring removal consists of eight hours of training in flooring removal plus four additional hours.
Inspector/Management Planner Training:
Some LEAs elect to have the designated person take a three-day Asbestos Building Inspector Course and two-day Management Planner Course. These courses clearly meet the requirements of designated person training and would provide information on how to administer the LEA's management plan. These courses are only offered by accredited training providers.
Note that Ohio requires an additional two-day management planner course to become certified in Ohio to perform inspections for asbestos-containing material.