Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Asbestos Inspector vs Asbestos Supervisor vs Asbestos Worker

Asbestos Inspector vs Asbestos Supervisor vs Asbestos Worker
Lately we noticed there was some slight confusion between the three main asbestos courses: Asbestos Inspector, Asbestos Supervisor, and Asbestos Worker. In order to clear up some of the confusion and make sure students spend their hard earned money on the correct course, we thought we would put a short blog post together.

As you can see in the above graphic, there is actually minimal overlap between the three courses, although they all meet Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) standards. From there, it is important to answer one major question:

Do I want to remove asbestos or do I want to perform an asbestos assessment?

If you want to learn how to remove asbestos properly and safely, then you either have to complete the Asbestos Worker or Asbestos Supervisor training. While both courses allow you to remove asbestos there is still one major difference - the Asbestos Worker training is a 4-day course designed to train anyone, who within a work area, removes, encapsulates or disturbs friable asbestos, or who handles asbestos material in any manner which may result in the release of asbestos fiber on an asbestos abatement project.

On the other hand, the 5-day Asbestos Supervisor training is for any individual who performs supervision of persons permitted to enter the restricted and regulated asbestos abatement work area. In short, if you want to supervise, you'll need to take the Asbestos Supervisor course - for once in life, the name actually signifies the training exactly! Supervisors can also perform the work themselves if need be, which makes the Supervisor training a common choice for small companies or sole proprietors.

Now, if you want to perform an asbestos inspection, you will need to complete the 3-day Asbestos Building Inspector training. Any person who performs the tasks involved in the asbestos survey, identification and assessment of the condition of asbestos and asbestos material, or who is involved in the collection of bulk samples of asbestos material for laboratory analysis, needs this training. The Asbestos Inspector course itself does not require pre-requisites. Please note however that some states may require additional training or licensing to perform inspections services.

Hopefully that clears up some of the confusion! While the names are tightly intertwined and all three courses are vital to complete asbestos removal safely, it is important to remember the various distinctions.

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