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Asbestos Worker Safety
Hosted by Environmental Response Training Program (ERTP)

Event Description:
This 2-day 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 was 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 with information to successfully manage a project where asbestos contamination is evaluated and removed. The course 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 information about 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:

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

Instructional methods include a combination of lectures, case studies, and group discussions.  The course will also include a practical, hands-on training component.

This course meets the classroom and hands-on instruction requirements for the OSHA Class III Asbestos Worker as defined in 29 CFR 1926.1101(k)(9)(v).  Participants will obtain a OSHA Class III Asbestos Worker-equivalent certification.

Initial Course Length - 16 hours

Refresher Course Length - 4 hours, required annually

Continuing Education Units: 1.5

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

*This course is offered free of charge to all registrants who are confirmed to attend.*

IMPORTANT NOTICES – Applicable to all ERTP courses :

  1. ERTP’s receipt of a Trainex course registration is a Registration Request, it is not a Guaranteed Enrollment in the Course. All ERTP training courses require applicant registration thru the Trainex system. Last minute course arrivals without prior ERTP Trainex course registration approval is not permitted. Before ERTP issues final approval to deliver any course and/or any EPA offices incurring expenses for the training event (including but not limited to EPA staff travel TA’s and/or ERTP training contractor expenses incurred), all EPA mandatory pre-approvals must all be met. The pre-approvals include (but are not limited to) the following:

    • Training location’s availability;
    • COVID status and/or other COVID Guidelines in effect for the location, as well as staff;
    • Agency limitations, scrutiny, and approvals of ‘Conference Spending Requirements (known as the “5170”)’ for the specific training course(s) scheduled delivery timeframe;
    • Weather (blizzard, hurricane, etc);
    • Contractual number of available course training slots;
    • EPA training location staff having priority registration over all other registrations; and/or
    • Hosting site Training Coordinator approval.

    In the event a course is subsequently postponed or canceled, or notification of registration cancellation is received, all EPA travel arrangements (airline/car rental/hotel) should be canceled in a timely manner. Registered students will receive a notification via email if/when a course is postponed and/or cancelled.
  2. For in-person course deliveries, confirmed course registered participants must abide by all facility physical access requirements for the location (examples: check-in at the security gate, Federal ID, Government PIV/CAC cards, photo id’s, etc.). If applicable for the course or location, restrictions may apply to non-citizens and acceptable identification may be required for facility entry.
For general information contact Kevin Eichinger by telephone at 404-562-8268 or via e-mail at

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