*Certification is accepted through EPA reciprocity in GA, KY, PA, VA, & WA. View our approval letters here.
The objective of the four hour AHERA Asbestos Building Inspector Refresher Course is to review the relevant and important information given in the Asbestos Building Inspector Initial training course, to provide any current or up-to-date information regarding any regulatory changes, changes in state-of-the-art work practices, and/or any other changes to the Asbestos Building Inspector discipline. The course will be presented 100% online through slides and interactive modules. A computer with reliable internet access and speakers are required. Course cannot be taken on a tablet or phone. Upon completion, students will receive a digital copy of their certification (within 24 hours), the hard copy will follow in the mail in 2 business days. A hard copy of the textbook is included with price of tuition, student will be required to supply a mailing address.
- Background Information Regarding the use of Asbestos
- Locating Asbestos in Various Building Components
- The Potential Health Effects Related to Asbestos Exposure
- Legal Liabilities of Asbestos Building Inspectors
- Insurance and Bonding Requirements for Asbestos Building Inspectors
- Understanding Building Systems
- Contract Documents
- Functions, Qualifications, and the Role of Building Inspectors
- Public, Employee, and Building Occupant Relations
- Pre-Inspection Planning and Review of Prior Inspection Records
- Inspecting for Friable Asbestos Containing Building Material
- Assessing the Condition of Friable Asbestos Containing Building Material
- Bulk Sampling of Suspect Materials
- Respiratory Protection and Personal Protective Equipment
- Recordkeeping and Writing the Inspection Report
- Regulatory Review of local regulations, OSHA, and EPA Standards.
Course valid for inspection work in AK, AZ, FL, GA*, KS, KY*, IA, ID, KS, NV, PA*, RI, TN, UT, VA, WA* & WY (more states pending). AHERA – Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Title II) ASHARA – Asbestos School Hazard Abatement Reauthorization Act of 1990 EPA – Model Accreditation Plan (MAP), Worker Protection Rule 40 CFR Part 763, Subpart G, Asbestos-containing Materials in School Rule 40 CFR Part 763, Subpart E OSHA – Asbestos Construction Standard 29 CFR 1926.58, Asbestos General Standard 29 CFR 1910.1001, Respirator Requirements 29 CFR 1910.134, OSHA Class III Operations Training NESHAP – National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants 40 CFR Part 61, Subpart M
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02 Background Information on Asbestos
Identification of asbestos, and examples and discussion of the uses and locations of asbestos in buildings; physical appearance of asbestos.
03 Legal Liabilities and Defenses
Responsibilities of the inspector and management planner; a discussion of comprehensive general liability policies, claims-made, and occurrence policies, environmental and pollution liability policy clauses; state liability insurance requirements; bonding and the relationship of insurance availability to bond availability.
04 Understanding Building Systems
The interrelationship between building systems, including: an overview of common building physical plan layouts; heat, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system types, physical organization, and where asbestos is found on HVAC components; building mechanical systems, their types and organization and where to look for asbestos on such systems; inspecting electrical systems, including appropriate safety precautions; reading blueprints and as-built drawings.
05 Functions/Qualifications and Role of Inspectors
Discussions of prior experience and qualifications for inspectors and management planners; discussions of the functions of an accredited inspector as compared to those of an accredited management planner; discussion of the inspection process including the inventory of ACM and the completion of a physical assessment.
06 Pre-Inspection Planning and Review of Previous Inspection Records
Scheduling the inspection and obtaining access; building record review; identification of probable homogeneous areas from blueprints or as-built drawings; consultation with maintenance or building personnel; review of previous inspections, sampling, and abatement records of a building; the role of the inspector in exclusions for previously performed inspections.
07 Inspecting for Friable and Non-Friable Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) and Assessing the Condition of Friable ACM
Procedures to follow in conducting visual inspections for friable and non-friable ACM; types of building materials that may contain asbestos; touching materials to determine friability; open return air plenums and their importance in HVAC systems; assessing damage, significant damage, potential damage, and potential significant damage; amount of suspect ACM (total quantity and percentage of total area); type of damage; accessibility; material’s potential for disturbance; known or suspected causes of damage or significant damage; and deterioration as assessment factors.
08 Inspector Respiratory Protection and Personal Protective Equipment
Classes and characteristics of respirator types; limitations of respirators; proper selection, inspection, use, maintenance and storage procedures. Fit tests, the components of a proper respiratory protection program; selection and use of personal protective clothing.
09 Recordkeeping and Writing the Inspection Report
Labeling of samples and keying sample identification to sampling location; recommendations on sampling location; detailing of the ACM inventory; photographs of selected sampling areas and examples of ACM condition; writing the inspection report; information required for inclusion in the management plan required for school buildings under TSCA
10 Regulatory Review and Changes in Best Practices
A review of NESHAP, EPA Worker Protection Rule, OSHA respirator requirements, the Asbestos-containing Materials in Schools Rule; applicable state and federal requirements; a discussion of current best practices.
11 Course review
Frequently Asked Questions
I work in a state that has not approved this online refresher, can I still take this class?
Possibly. Some states accept certification received from other states, provided EPA standards are met. As our online course is in compliance with AHERA, ASHARA and EPA’s 2007 Guidelines for States regarding Online Asbestos Model Accreditation Plan (MAP) Annual Refresher Training, some states not listed above may accept the certification received from this course. The states that we list as above are ones that have reviewed our curriculum or stated they would accept our certification. By not listing states that conform to reciprocity, we build a partnership with state regulatory agencies, giving you the best source for current information.