Asbestos, a group of naturally occurring minerals that are heat-resistant, has been used in a variety of consumer products and construction materials for many years. However, asbestos exposure can cause cancers and diseases such as mesothelioma, so it’s extremely important that those who can potentially come in contact with it receive regular training on the topic, particularly asbestos inspectors and project designers.
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. The training is required for a variety of disciplines, specifically project designers. There are initial training requirements as well as annual refresher training to keep professionals apprised and aware of best practices for the industry.
The AHERA project designer refresher course reviews the key information from the initial certification course, including applicable regulations, and these courses also give an overview of new practices in the industry. These annual product designer refresher courses cover topics including specification writing for all types of buildings, from public to commercial, educational, and industrial uses.
AHERA project designer refresher courses cover a range of aspects surrounding asbestos removal. Such topics covered will include budgeting and cost estimation, writing abatement specifications and drawings, preparing abatement drawings, contract delivery options, employee personal protective equipment, and future design considerations, or alternate control methods. The course will focus on safety aspects in dealing with asbestos, as well as legal/liabilities associated with it.
Asbestos abatement project designers must consider options for asbestos removal, encapsulation, enclosure, as well as ongoing operations and maintenance The project designer must evaluate the condition of the materials and decide whether they can safely remain or must be removed.
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 project designers. Each individual state sets forth stringent requirements for AHERA project designer 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.
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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.