Asbestos Worker Initial
Class I, II, III, IV - 32 Hours
This Washington State Certified 4-day course meets the requirements of EPA TSCA Title II, 29 CFR 1926.1101 and WAC 296-65 for asbestos abatement workers. Topics focus on all aspects of abatement operations including asbestos types, uses and building material types; health hazards; regulations; worker protection and decontamination issues; personal protective equipment; site safety; state of the art work practices and engineering controls.
Hands-on exercises include use of respirators; removal and repair of simulated asbestos materials; glove-bag installation, use and removal; construction of containments; decontamination; and proper entry and exit procedures from the regulated area. The initial course requires successful completion of the class and a final exam score of 70% or higher. Certification license cards are issued from the Washington State Dept. of Labor & Industries. Students who complete the class will be issued a pink copy of their signed application, which they can use as a temporary card for up to six weeks until their official State card arrives. The Washington State $45 individual license card fee is included in the tuition for both initial and refresher courses. Valid government-issued photo ID is required for class admission.
Asbestos Contractor-Supervisor Initial
Class I, II, III, IV - 40 Hours
This 5-day course is designed for personnel who will supervise asbestos abatement projects or oversee asbestos workers. The class includes all of the content in the 32-Hour Asbestos Worker course in greater depth as well as supervision and management, administrative programs, how to select and set-up engineering controls properly, how to set up and conduct air monitoring, how to calculate worker airborne exposures, and how to set-up and manage supplied air breathing systems.
Many hands-on exercises are included such as setting up and calibrating air sampling equipment, Type C supplied air breathing systems, respiratory protection, glove-bagging, calculating and locating ventilation requirements for an enclosure, and 3-stage personnel decontamination. Certification license cards are issued from the Washington State Dept. of Labor & Industries. The initial course requires successful completion of the class and a final exam score of 70% or higher. This Washington State certified course meets the requirements of EPA 40 CFR 763, OSHA 29 CFR 1926.1101 and WAC 296-65 for Asbestos Supervisor training. The Washington State $65 individual license card fee is included in the tuition for both initial and refresher courses. Valid government-issued photo ID is required for class admission. Prerequisite: Students must certify they hold at least *1600 hours of experience in one or more of the following: Asbestos Abatement, Asbestos Project Design, Construction Project Supervision (must be very similar to abatement), Consultation on Asbestos Abatement Projects, Operations and Maintenance Program Supervision. *Note: see Washington State Department of Labor & Industries for the ‘Affidavit of Experience’ form that employers should complete and students should bring with them to class.
EPA AHERA Courses
AHERA Asbestos Building Inspector Initial
Prior to renovation, demolition and other construction-related activities in a building, vessel or structure; the building materials that will be affected by the work must be sampled and tested for asbestos. This class certifies individuals needing to perform this sampling. EPA, clean air agencies and Washington State Department of Labor & Industries regulations require that all asbestos bulk samples collected from public and commercial buildings and school facilities be obtained by an Accredited AHERA Building Inspector.
An Accredited AHERA Building Inspector is required to determine the presence and location of asbestos containing materials in a building and to write the report to document these findings. This EPA-accredited 3-day (24 hour) course satisfies the requirements outlined in the EPA 40 CFR 763 regulation (AHERA/ASHARA). Personnel who would benefit from this certification include industrial hygienists, engineers, construction contractors, flood and fire recovery contractors, asbestos abatement contractors, architects, property managers, regulatory personnel and environmental consultants. The initial course requires successful completion of the class and a final exam score of 70% or higher.
AHERA Asbestos Management Planner Initial
Federal EPA regulations under the Asbestos Hazards Emergency Response Act (AHERA/ASHARA) require school districts whose buildings contain asbestos to develop management plans for each building. The management plan is a required document that specifies training, cleaning, work practices, and surveillance to maintain asbestos-containing materials in good condition.
Individuals who design, review and modify these plans must receive an AHERA Management Planner accreditation and keep it current. Though not required for buildings other than K-12 schools, this Management Planner training is helpful for anyone managing asbestos building materials in a large facility or collection of buildings, such as campuses. This EPA-accredited course satisfies the training requirements listed in the EPA 40 CFR 763 regulation (AHERA/ASHARA) for Management Planners. Prerequisite: AHERA Asbestos Building Inspector certification. Both certifications need to be maintained separately.
AHERA Asbestos Project Designer Initial
EPA regulations require that persons who design certain types of asbestos response actions in schools and public or commercial buildings and vessels should be accredited as AHERA Project Designers. A response action is defined under AHERA/ASHARA as removal, enclosure, encapsulation, or repair of friable asbestos-containing materials. It is designed to cover the required engineering and work practice controls and administrative procedures for asbestos work.
It also addresses liability issues associated with asbestos project design work and recommendations to help manage risk. Even when the AHERA Project Designer certification is not required by law, having the knowledge-base acquired in this course will help prevent costly citations and litigation associated with not knowing up-to-date best management practices and current trends. It is recommended for industrial hygienists, engineers, architects, construction managers and estimators, asbestos supervisors, and consultants who deal with asbestos work. This EPA-accredited 3-day (24 hour) course satisfies the requirements outlined in the EPA 40 CFR 763 regulation (AHERA/ASHARA) for Project Designers. Prerequisite: There is no required prerequisite for this course; however, an AHERA Building Inspector, Asbestos Supervisor or Asbestos Worker certification is strongly recommended prior to taking this fast-paced and more advanced course. The initial course requires successful completion of the class and a final exam score of 70% or higher.
HAZWOPER 24-hour is required for employees visiting an Uncontrolled Hazardous Waste Operation mandated by the Government.
This course covers broad issues pertaining to the hazard recognition at work sites. OSHA has developed the HAZWOPER program to protect the workers working at hazardous sites and devised extensive regulations to ensure their safety and health. This course, while identifying different types of hazards, also suggests possible precautions and protective measures to reduce or eliminate hazards at the workplace.
HAZWOPER 40-hour is required for workers that perform activities that expose or potentially expose them to hazardous substances.
This course is specifically designed for workers who are involved in clean-up operations, voluntary clean-up operations, emergency response operations, and storage, disposal, or treatment of hazardous substances or uncontrolled hazardous waste sites. Topics include protection against hazardous chemicals, elimination of hazardous chemicals, safety of workers and the environment and OSHA regulations. This course covers topics included in 29 CFR 1910.120.
8 Hour Refresher
8 hour HAZWOPER refresher This course meets the requirements outlined in OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 for 8 (eight) hours of annual refresher training for workers at hazardous waste sites. This course is designed for general site workers who remove hazardous waste or who are exposed or potentially exposed to hazardous substances or health hazards. The course is comprised of nine sections covering topics pertaining to workplace hazards associated with Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER). Topics include HAZWOPER regulations, site characterization, toxicology, hazard recognition, personal protective equipment, decontamination, medical surveillance, confined space entry and emergency procedures. Upon successful completion of the course you will receive a certificate of completion.
The OSHA 30-hour Construction Industry Outreach Training course is a comprehensive safety program designed for anyone involved in the construction industry. Specifically devised for safety directors, foremen, and field supervisors; the program provides complete information on OSHA compliance issues.
Note: The 30 Hour Construction Outreach course is NOT equivalent to the OSHA 510 or 511 courses and will not meet the course prerequisites to take the OSHA 500 or 501 courses.
Lead RRP Training
The purpose of the Renovation, Repair and Painting Program (RRP) is to minimize exposure from lead-based paint dust during renovation, repair, or painting activities. Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and interior demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children. Firms performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in pre-1978 homes, child care facilities and schools, must be certified by the Department of Commerce and use certified renovators who are trained by an approved training provider to follow lead-safe work practice.
Excavation and Trenching for Competent Person
The course is designed to meet OSHA requirements for excavation and trenching competent person training. The course includes professional classroom theory instruction, participant handouts, final written exam, group activities, field exercises and practical evaluation.
Curriculum covers OSHA regulatory requirements including, inspections and identification of potential and existing hazards inherent to working in or around excavations and trenches, prevention of trench collapses, atmospheric and water hazards, entry and exit requirements, working with heavy machinery, materials handling, traffic controls, overhead and underground utilities. and protective systems including sloping, shoring, and shielding. Participants will be familiarized with prevention methods, and the duties and responsibilities of the Competent Person at an excavation site.