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Work Involving the Removal of Asbestos-Containing Material

According to OSHA regulations anyone performing work that results in the disturbance of asbestos-containing material (ACM) must be trained.  OSHA describes three classes of work that involves disturbing ACM,

Class I work means activities involving the removal of asbestos-containing surfacing material and thermal system insulation (TSI).  Surfacing material includes fireproofing, acoustical plaster and hard plaster.  TSI is insulation on pipes, boilers, furnaces, ductwork, water tanks, and other components of HVAC and plumbing systems.

Class II work means activities involving the removal of ACM that is neither surfacing or TSI.  This includes the removal of roofing materials, resilient floor covering, suspended ceilings, asbestos-cement products, electrical cable coatings and other miscellaneous ACM.

Class III work means repair and maintenance operations where ACM is disturbed.  The amount of ACM that may be disturbed is limited to that which can be contained in one glove bag or one disposal bag.

The following are courses that satisfy training requirements for the three classes of work required by OSHA.

 

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Asbestos Abatement Supervisor

Anyone who supervises asbestos Class I work must be certified as an Asbestos Hazard Abatement Supervisor.  With the exception of the removal of resilient floor covering, anyone who supervises asbestos Class II work must be certified as an Asbestos Hazard Abatement Supervisor.  Anyone supervising flooring removal may need only 14 hours of training provided that the work is performed using standards provided in an agreement between OSHA and the resilient floor covering industry.

 

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Asbestos Abatement Worker

Anyone who performs asbestos Class I work must be certified as an Asbestos Hazard Abatement Worker.  An Asbestos Hazard Abatement Worker may also perform Class II and Class III work.

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Training for Class II Work

Anyone who performs Class II work operations must receive training specified by OSHA for Class II operations.  Although this work does not require certification.  OSHA specifies a curriculum for the training of workers performing this work.  In addition OSHA specifies that workers performing Class II work involving the removal of roofing, flooring, siding materials, ceiling tiles or asbestos-cement panels, receive eight hours of training.

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Training for Class III Work

Workers who perform Class III work operations must receive training specified by OSHA for Class III operations.  Although this work does not require certification, OSHA specifies a curriculum for the training and requires that this training be 16 hours in length.

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