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TITLE 25HEALTH SERVICES
PART 1DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
CHAPTER 295OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH
SUBCHAPTER CTEXAS ASBESTOS HEALTH PROTECTION
RULE §295.64Training: Required Asbestos Training Courses

(a) General provisions. Persons working with asbestos must be appropriately accredited to perform as a worker, contractor/supervisor, inspector, management planner, or project designer. In a commercial building, only EPA accreditation is required as specified in this section. In a public building, licensing is also required. Applicants for licensing or renewal must submit evidence of fulfillment of specific training requirements acceptable to the Texas Department of Health (department) under these sections. Course content, hours of instruction, refresher training, etc., are subject to change or modification. At the conclusion of each training course, the instructor shall provide the student a copy of the registration form for the state licensing examination and a copy of the examination schedule. The training provider shall also assist the applicant if needed to complete the application to include listing any special requirements of the student, such as an accommodation for a disability covered by the Americans With Disabilities Act.

  (1) The provisions of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Model Accreditation Plan (MAP) reaffirm the principle that each of the accredited training disciplines is distinct from the others, because each reflects a different functional job role. Training courses for all disciplines shall be in accordance with the MAP.

  (2) Each initial and refresher training course offered for accreditation must be specific to a single discipline, and not combined with training for any other discipline. This prohibition against combined training also applies to hands-on training sessions.

  (3) Training courses shall be conducted by training providers licensed by the department. Persons trained within the confines of this State by unlicensed providers shall not be licensed by the department.

  (4) Valid training courses performed in other states, in the past 12 months, by EPA approved training providers shall be accepted by the department provided that applicants have completed an approved course in Texas asbestos law and rules from a training provider licensed by the department.

  (5) The one-year period of validity following the effective date of a required asbestos course may be extended by completing the appropriate annual refresher training. Failure to complete annual refresher training within two years of the most recent training shall require that the original course be repeated.

  (6) A day of training shall consist of eight hours of classroom instruction, hands-on practical training sessions, and field trips in any suitable combination, including lunch and break periods. A total of 80 minutes in lunch and breaks are authorized for each training day as determined by the instructor. A trainee is not eligible to complete a given course if more than 10% of the session has been missed. The 10% includes being absent from the course at times other than allotted break periods. No more than eight hours of instruction as described in this paragraph are authorized within a calendar day.

  (7) Courses requiring hands-on practical training must be presented in an environment that permits the trainees individually to have actual experience performing tasks associated with the appropriate asbestos activity studied. Hands-on training sessions shall maintain a student to instructor ratio of not more than 15 to one. Demonstrations and audio-visuals shall not substitute for required hands-on training.

(b) Asbestos project designer training. The project designer training course shall be at least three days in length. Persons seeking to be licensed as an asbestos consultant or accredited as a project designer under these sections shall complete the approved project design training course as described in this subsection. For work in public buildings, see also the other training required for asbestos consultants in §295.47(f)(3) of this title (relating to Licensure: Individual Consultant). Successful completion of the course shall be demonstrated by achieving a score of at least 70% correct on the written course examination. The course shall adequately address:

  (1) background information on asbestos;

  (2) potential health effects related to asbestos exposure;

  (3) overview of abatement construction projects to include clearance of the project area;

  (4) safety system design specifications, including written sampling rationale for air clearance;

  (5) field trip;

  (6) employee personal protective equipment;

  (7) additional safety hazards;

  (8) fiber aerodynamics and control;

  (9) designing abatement solutions and written project design;

  (10) budgeting/cost estimation;

  (11) writing abatement specifications;

  (12) preparing abatement drawings;

  (13) contract preparation and administration;

  (14) legal/liabilities/defenses;

  (15) replacement;

  (16) role of other consultants;

  (17) occupied buildings;

  (18) how to accomplish a complete visual inspection;

  (19) relevant federal, Texas, and local regulatory requirements; and

  (20) course review.

(c) Contractor/supervisor training. The contractor/supervisor course shall consist of at least five days of training. Persons seeking to be licensed as an asbestos abatement contractor, asbestos abatement supervisor, project manager, or operations and maintenance (O&M) (restricted) contractor/supervisor or accredited as an asbestos abatement contractor or supervisor, shall successfully complete an approved contractor/supervisor training course as described in this subsection. The course may be substituted for the asbestos abatement worker course; this substitution also applies to annual refresher training. This training shall include lectures, demonstrations, audio-visuals and hands-on training, including individual respirator fit testing, course review, and a written examination of 100 multiple-choice questions. Each trainee must score at least 70% correct on this written exam to successfully complete the course. The course shall adequately address:

  (1) physical characteristics of asbestos and asbestos-containing building material (ACBM);

  (2) potential health effects related to asbestos exposure;

  (3) employee personal protective equipment;

  (4) state-of-the-art work practices;

  (5) personal hygiene;

  (6) additional safety hazards;

  (7) medical monitoring;

  (8) air monitoring;

  (9) relevant federal, state, and local regulatory requirements;

  (10) establishment of respiratory protection programs and medical surveillance programs;

  (11) 14 hours of hands-on training, including work area preparation, decontamination chamber construction, cleaning and disposal, and respirator fit testing and maintenance;

  (12) insurance and liability issues;

  (13) recordkeeping for asbestos abatement projects;

  (14) supervisory techniques for asbestos abatement activities;

  (15) contract specifications; and

  (16) course review and manual.

(d) Asbestos abatement worker training. The worker training course shall consist of at least four days of training. Persons seeking registration or accreditation as asbestos abatement workers shall successfully complete the approved training course, as described in this subsection. Successful completion of the contractor/supervisor training course shall also be acceptable as qualification for asbestos worker applicants. Worker training courses are required to have a classroom student-instructor ratio of not more than 25 to 1 (25:1). The worker training course shall include lectures, demonstrations, hands-on training including individual respirator fit testing, course review, and a written examination consisting of 50 multiple-choice questions. Successful completion of the course shall be demonstrated by achieving a score of at least 70% correct on the written examination. The course shall adequately address:

  (1) physical characteristics of asbestos and ACBM;

  (2) potential health effects related to asbestos exposure;

  (3) employee personal protective equipment;

  (4) state-of-the art work practices;

  (5) personal hygiene;

  (6) additional safety hazards;

  (7) medical monitoring;

  (8) air monitoring;

  (9) relevant federal, state, and local regulatory requirements;

  (10) establishment of respiratory protective programs and medical surveillance programs;

  (11) 14 hours of hands-on training, including work area preparation, decontamination chamber construction, cleaning and disposal, and respirator fit testing and maintenance; and

  (12) course review and manual.

(e) Asbestos inspectors. The inspector course shall consist of at least three days of training. Persons seeking to be licensed or accredited as asbestos inspectors shall successfully complete the approved training course as described in this subsection. The inspector training course shall include lectures, demonstrations, hands-on individual respirator fit testing, course review and a written examination consisting of 50 multiple choice questions. Successful completion of the course shall be demonstrated by achieving a score of at least 70% correct on the written examination. The course shall adequately address:

  (1) background information of asbestos;

  (2) potential health effects related to asbestos exposure;

  (3) functions/qualifications and role of inspectors;

  (4) legal liabilities and defenses;

  (5) understanding of building systems;

  (6) public/employee/building occupant relations;

  (7) pre-inspection planning, and review of previous survey records;

  (8) inspecting for friable and non-friable ACBM;

  (9) assessing of the condition of friable ACBM;

  (10) bulk sampling/documentation of asbestos;

  (11) air monitoring;

  (12) employee personal protective equipment;

  (13) record keeping and writing of the survey report;

  (14) regulatory review;

  (15) field trip, to include a building walk-through inspection at a suitable location outside of the classroom; and

  (16) course review and manual.

(f) Management planners. The management planner course shall consist of at least two days of training, and has as a prerequisite, the three-day asbestos inspector course. Persons seeking to be licensed as management planners shall successfully complete the training program for inspectors, as described in subsection (d) of this section, plus the approved asbestos management planner training course, as described in this subsection. The management planner course shall include lectures, demonstration, course review and a written examination consisting of 50 multiple choice questions. Successful completion of the course shall be demonstrated by achieving a score of at least 70% correct on the written examination. The course shall adequately address:

  (1) course overview;

  (2) evaluation and interpretation of survey results;

  (3) hazard assessment;

  (4) legal implications;

  (5) evaluation and selection of control options;

  (6) role of other professionals;

  (7) developing an operations and maintenance (O&M) plan; and

  (8) regulatory review; and

  (9) recordkeeping for the management planner;

  (10) assembling and submitting of a management plan;

  (11) financing abatement actions; and

  (12) course review and manual.

(g) Air monitoring technician. Persons seeking to be licensed as air monitoring technicians shall successfully complete an approved three-day training course as described in this subsection. The air-monitoring technician course shall include lectures, demonstrations, hands-on individual respirator fit testing, course review and a written examination consisting of 50 multiple choice questions. Successful completion of the course shall be demonstrated by achieving a score of at least 70% correct on the examination. The course shall adequately address the:

  (1) health effects of asbestos;

  (2) asbestos regulations (state and federal);

  (3) asbestos sampling and evaluation methods;

  (4) calculating sampling times;

  (5) time weighted average calculation;

  (6) calibration of air sample pumps;

  (7) sample logs and records;

  (8) compliance testing;

  (9) clearance testing; and

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