Asbestos Awareness

Overview This course describes the most common types of asbestos as well as the hazards asbestos may present. It provides an overview of the history of asbestos use, exposure limits, detection, prevention, and regulation. It also covers some of the potential effects of long-term exposure including asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.
Duration/Length 2 hours
Target Audience All employees who may work around asbestos containing materials, and who must be trained on avoiding disturbance of these materials.
CFR Reference 29CFR 1910.1001 (j)(7); 29CFR 1926.1101
Pre-requisites None
Course Format Classroom
Course Objectives • The health effects associated with asbestos exposure
• The relationship between smoking and exposure to asbestos producing lung cancer
• The quantity, location, manner of use, release, and storage of asbestos, and the specific nature of operations which could result in exposure to asbestos
• Engineering controls and work practices associated with the employee’s job assignment
• Procedures to protect employees from exposure to asbestos, such as work practices, emergency and cleanup procedures, and personal protective equipment to be used
• The purpose, proper use, and limitations of respirators and protective clothing, if appropriate
• The purpose and a description of the required medical surveillance program
• The content of the standard (§1910.1001), including appendices
• The names, addresses and phone numbers of public health organizations that provide information, materials, and/or conduct programs concerning smoking cessation
• The requirements for posting signs and affixing labels and the meaning of the required legends for such signs and labels