A potentially harmful material, asbestos is a group of naturally occurring minerals that are heat-resistant and have been used in a variety of consumer products and construction materials for many years. Without proper handling, exposure to asbestos can cause cancers and diseases such as mesothelioma. Therefore, it is extremely important that those who can potentially encounter it receive regular training on the topic, particularly building inspectors.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have set forth extensive laws and regulations to limit both uses and exposure to this potentially harmful material. The EPA Asbestos Model Accreditation Plan (MAP), issued under the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) of 1986, provides guidance to states on training requirements for asbestos professionals. AHERA training is required for a variety of disciplines, including asbestos building inspectors. There are initial training requirements as well as annual refresher training to keep professionals apprised and aware of best practices for the industry.
Asbestos inspectors are responsible for the bulk sample collection of asbestos, as well as lead and PCB inspections. In addition, the inspector prepares project chain of custody, submits detailed reports of any issues or changes in the field, and submits initial lab reports. The inspector also drafts sample location and material drawings and compiles all documents for draft reports.
The AHERA building inspector online refresher course by Sartori Group reviews the key information from the initial building inspector certification course, including applicable regulations, and these courses also give an overview of new practices and technologies in the industry. The annual building inspector refresher course covers topics including new planning techniques, operations and maintenance techniques, and updates on EPA guidance documents.
The course will focus on how to determine if the asbestos in your building is hazardous and review responsible options for controlling the asbestos. It will also cover health effects of asbestos, insurance issues, and legal liabilities. Additionally, it will include a refresher on AHERA protocols, from inspection to sampling, categorizing, and recording materials. Real life cases studies will provide examples as a point for discussion.
AHERA sets forth standards for asbestos practices, which involved assessing the materials’ conditions and prioritizing actions for response. Asbestos abatement is regulated by both state and federal standards, so adequate training on a yearly basis is a must for asbestos building inspectors. Each individual state sets forth stringent requirements for AHERA building inspector credits.
Sartori group is a successful Women-Owned Small Business (WOSM) and Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) based in Anchorage, Alaska. It offers a full range of environmental services, environmental services including hazardous materials remediation, building surveys, groundwater & mold services, building demolition, consulting services, and a full catalog of health & safety training courses.
This course is accredited by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) in compliance with TSCA Title II. Please verify ADEM accredited courses meet your state licensing requirements before signing up.