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EPA Office of Land and Emergency Management (Superfund) Asbestos Safety Course
Nov 16, 2021 - Dec 07, 2021
Live Online Class, Internet Based

This course is designed to meet the training requirements for the OSHA Class III Asbestos Worker found in 29 CFR 1926.1101(k)(9)(v). EPA staff coordinating or conducting Superfund asbestos sampling activities may be exposed to asbestos above a permissible exposure limit and should receive equivalent training. The course has been developed to address the specific safe work practices used during Superfund sampling activities since they are not adequately covered by the curriculum found in 40 CFR 763.92(a)(2). The course will also provide OSCs and RPMs with information to successfully manage a project where asbestos contamination is evaluated and removed. The training provides the minimum safety training needed to conduct soil sampling during a Removal Site Evaluation (RSE) or Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS) and provides a great deal of information on all aspects of asbestos work.

Note: This training does not meet the Asbestos NESHAP requirements to conduct asbestos inspections in Schools, or Public or Commercial Buildings. Additional training would be required if EPA personnel are conducting an AHERA/ASHARA inspection, acting as a Supervisor of an abatement crew or performing actual asbestos abatement.

At the end of the course, participants should have an understanding of:

  1. The basics of asbestos and the forms of asbestos (include Libby amphiboles and other non-ACBM types), and past and current uses
  2. The health risks associated with asbestos exposure
  3. The likely exposure situations for RPM, OSC and other Superfund Support Personnel while conducting Superfund Site Work
  4. The various Federal asbestos laws and regulations
  5. EPAs risk-based cleanup/action levels and the Superfund Asbestos Framework
  6. The standard procedures and work practice controls to protect workers from asbestos exposure including personal protective donning and doffing and respiratory protection
  7. The principals of asbestos air sampling, air sample analysis, bulk sampling and bulk sampling analysis including Superfund-specific sampling methods
  8. Asbestos disposal requirements

This course meets the classroom instruction requirements for the OSHA Class III Asbestos Worker as defined in 29 CFR 1926.1101(k)(9)(v). Students MUST participate in all of the four live online deliveries to receive a course completion certificate. To be fully compliant with the OSHA Class III Asbestos Worker training requirements, students who complete all four online sessions must also complete an in-person, participatory training module with a Regional Asbestos TRW workgroup member or a Regional Safety Health and Environmental Manager (SHEM). Additional information will be provided during the course.

Course is open to EPA staff, but priority registration will be given to OSCs.

Instructor’s Name(s):
Steve Michener,
Kevin Eichinger,
Joseph Gawarzewski,
Jack Kelly,
Tim Frederick,
Julie Wroble,
Gary Lipson,
Elizabeth Nightingale,

This is a 4-part live online training series. Registrants must attend all four sessions for a certificate. These dates are non-consecutive.

  • Tues., Nov. 16, 2021, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM Eastern
  • Tues., Nov. 23, 2021, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM Eastern
  • Tues., Nov. 30, 2021, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM Eastern
  • Tues., Dec. 7, 2021, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM Eastern
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