Individuals who work with asbestos need proper training and consequently get certified by the Department of Health in their respective states. There are different types of training and each certification is dependent on the kind of work the person does.
Certifications on asbestos control programs in some states are focused on 6 different areas of disciplines: project designer (asbestos abatement), asbestos inspector, supervisor (asbestos abatement), asbestos management planner, asbestos abatement worker and project monitor (asbestos abatement). Each discipline is designed to cater to a specific aspect of asbestos use and they are the following:
- Certification as Asbestos Inspector - This certification is for asbestos workers who work on facilities to inspect materials containing asbestos. They are the only ones allowed to take samples of the subject materials for further analysis and evaluation for asbestos content.
- Certification as Asbestos Management Planner - This certification is for persons who conceptualize facility plans to enable the team to manage asbestos-containing materials.
- Certification as Asbestos Abatement Project Designer - This certification is for the persons responsible for the development of plans, project designs and specifications for asbestos abatement projects.
- Certification as Asbestos Abatement Supervisor - This certification is for individuals tasked to supervise and oversee an asbestos removal project. They work directly in asbestos removal, enclosure, encapsulation and repair. Foremen are also considered qualified to pursue these tasks, depending on the skills set and other qualifications of the foremen.
- Certification as Asbestos Abatement Project Monitor - This certification is required for personnel who are tasked to do or oversee the following in asbestos removal projects: that removal is done in compliance to federal and state regulations, that safe and efficient practices are employed, that abatement is being done as instructed, and that ambient and personal air samples are gathered appropriately.
In regards to asbestos equipment, the website of Bowman's Asbestos Removal Equipment Company in Australia gives us a glimpse of available equipment and its features.
- Negative Air Pressure Units - Decontamination Units: Three stage modular decontamination units, strong, lightweight powder coated aluminum construction, easily assembled units comprising of two showers and an airlock, strip curtains separating each module, perspex skylights, hand held shower with flexible shower hose, hot water service with easy-to-use snap-lock hose fittings, flexible drainage hose and pump filter box
- Negative Air Unit - Features: 2,000 cfm air flow, 240 volt power, variable fan speed control, air pressure gauge, audio-visual pressure failure alarm, and a unique isolation system to maintain "clean" motor section
- Trailer Mounted Decontamination Units - Features: four stage trailer-mounted decontamination unit, galvanized iron chassis, modular showers (2) and airlock (1), strip curtains separating each module, large sandwich panel change room, perspex skylights, hand held shower with flexible shower hose, hot water service, flexible drainage hose and pump filter box.
Before pursuing you career in asbestos removal, make sure you get the proper certification (from your local state - California and North Dakota have established programs for this) and enroll in institutions with testing grants. Your applied knowledge in operating equipment can get you hired immediately by contractors.
It is also important to know the proper asbestos disposal, asbestos regulations, and effects of asbestos exposure to ensure that you are practicing safe and law-abiding practices in this field.