Asbestos Hazard Awareness

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Asbestos Abatement Worker training prepares students to work in all categories of asbestos work risk environments. The NWT/NU WSCC requires this level of training for working in moderate and high-risk asbestos environments. Content includes the properties, history, and health effects of asbestos, identifying asbestos and asbestos-containing materials in the workplace, relevant legislation, regulations, and codes of practice, PPE, asbestos abatement methods and procedures, and air monitoring and analysis. Hands-on training covers NIOSH half mask air purifying respirator sizing and inspection, qualitative fit testing on half mask APR (and/or on full face piece PAPR), equipment use, glove bag and moderate risk demonstrations, work procedures, and decontamination.

Course Content

  • Introduction to asbestos
    • Properties and uses of asbestos
  • Asbestos health effects
  • Legislation
    • Occupational Health & Safety Act
    • WSCC Codes of Practice – Asbestos Abatement Manual (2012)
    • Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations
    • Building codes
  • Abatement methods
    • Management plan
    • Removal
    • Enclosure
    • Encapsulation
  • Asbestos abatement site considerations
    • Bulk sampling
    • HEPA filters
    • Negative air units
    • Containment construction
    • Special removal procedures
  • Personal protective equipment
    • Respirators and protection factors
    • Protection factor variables
    • Fit testing
    • Protective clothing
  • Abatement procedures
    • Low risk
    • Moderate risk and glove-bags
    • High risk
  • Site inspection and air monitoring
  • Other hazards

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