Asbestos Awareness in Schools
All maintenance and custodial staff in schools who may work in a building that contains asbestos-containing building materials (ACBM) must receive at least two hours of asbestos awareness training whether or not they are required to work with ACBM. In addition, OSHA requires that employees who perform housekeeping operations in an area which contains ACM or presumed ACM (PACM) receive asbestos awareness training on an annual basis (at least once a year). This course, together with additional, “site specific” information, was designed to meet these two regulatory requirements in one easy to understand course.
The course agenda includes an introduction to: background information on asbestos; health effects of asbestos; worker protection programs; locations of ACM in buildings; recognition of ACM damage and deterioration; operations and maintenance programs; response to fiber release episodes and more. Maintenance and custodial staff conducting any activities that will result in the disturbance of ACBM must recieve an additional fourteen hours of training.