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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

LIUNA Training and Education Fund | Evaluated Learning Experience

Asbestos Abatement Worker ABT.W


40 hours.

LIUNA Pomfret, CT, and other LIUNA approved training centers

April 2011 – Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: define the following trade related terms and acronyms: ACM, EPA, asbestos fiber, friable asbestos-containing material, micron, non-friable asbestos-containing material, OSHA, PACM, PEL, SM, and TSI; list the six types of asbestos as defined by OSHA; list the two most common types of asbestos used in construction; explain the difference between friable and non-friable asbestos-containing materials; state the OSHA permissible exposure limit (PEL) for asbestos; describe a Class I asbestos work activity; describe a Class II asbestos work activity; describe a Class III asbestos work activity; describe a Class IV asbestos work activity; define the following terms: carcinogen, ingestion, inhalation, latency period, routes of entry, and synergism; identify the two major routes of entry for asbestos into the body; explain the relationship between smoking and exposure to asbestos; list three diseases linked to occupational asbestos exposure and describe the symptoms of each disease; name the body organs affected by asbestos exposures and explain how asbestos affects each one; list three protective mechanisms the body uses to get rid of asbestos fibers, and explain how these mechanisms work; define the following acronyms FEV1, FVC, NIOSH, and PFT; list the three reasons for establishing a medical monitoring and surveillance program; list the five required elements of an initial/preplacement examination for asbestos abatement workers, the five required elements of an annual examination, and two additional recommended tests; list the five required elements of an initial/preplacement examination for asbestos abatement workers, the five required elements of an annual examination, and two additional recommended tests; list 10 legal rights workers have under the Occupational Safety Act of 1970; list the seven responsibilities workers have under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970; list seven steps workers should follow if they are punished for exercising any OSHA legal right; explain the purpose of the following: EPA standards, NESHAP, AHERA, and ASHARA; describe the following three air-purifying respirators and list the assigned protection factor (APF) for each: Half-Face Air Purifying Respirator (Half-Face APR), Full-Face, Air Purifying Respirator (FFAPR), and Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR); list and explain at least six limitations of APRs; list and explain the three filter series and three filter efficiency levels for particulate filters; explain the terms breakthrough and warning properties, and list four steps that should be taken if breakthrough occurs; explain the term assigned protection factor (APF) for a respirator and, given the five different respirators, state the correct APF in four of the five examples; explain the differences between an air-purifying respirator and an atmosphere-supplying respirator; explain the abbreviation MUC as it relates to a respirator, and calculate the correct MUC for at least four out of five sample respirators; explain the differences between the three delivery systems for breathing air: continuous flow, demand, and pressure demand; explain how a supplied airline respirator (SAR) works; list three limitations of the SAR and the APFs for both the SAR and the SAR with escape; explain how an open-circuit pressure demand SCBA works, its limitations, and APF; given the proper equipment, demonstrate the proper procedures for refilling an SCBA cylinder; list and explain the nine requirements of a Respiratory Protection Program; explain the difference between a qualitative and a quantitative fit test and give two examples of each; demonstrate and explain the proper procedure for performing a positive and negative user seal check on an APR; using a variety of respirators, demonstrate how to put on, use, take off, and maintain each respirator according to the guidelines of this course; define the following acronyms and terms: accident, confined space, engineering controls, GFCI, hazardous atmospheres, LFL, UFL, oxygen deficiency, lock out and tag out, personal fall arrest system, heat stress, and personal hygiene; understand the different levels of heat stress and the dangers they pose to workers; gven a variety of job site scenarios, demonstrate safe work practices around the following hazards: electrical, ladders, scaffolds, housekeeping, falls, confined spaces, and hazardous atmospheres; understand what fire hazards exist in a controlled area and how to prepare for the occurrence of an accidental fire; define the following acronym and terms: clean room, equipment room, HVAC, shower room, and waste load-out area; list and explain four reasons for preplanning asbestos abatement operations; list the 12 steps in preparing the work area; define the purpose of decontamination on an asbestos abatement project; list the elements of the decontamination chamber and explain the function of each; explain the purpose and function of a negative pressure air unit; using several example spaces, calculate the number of machines needed to meet air change requirements; given the proper materials and equipment, prepare the work area, set up the required number of negative air machines, and set up a three-chamber decontamination unit according to the guidelines in this chapter; define the following: amended water, encapsulation, enclosure, glove bag, HEPA vacuum, and NESHAP; describe the difference between bridging and penetrating sealants; list three advantages and seven disadvantages of encapsulation; list three advantages and seven disadvantages of enclosure; list 10 tools commonly used with a glove bag; describe the two stages of asbestos abatement; list the 19 steps of the final cleanup; define the following terms and acronyms: aggressive sampling, area sampling, breathing zone, bulk sampling, PCM, personal sampling, PLM, static sampling, and TEM; explain how and why air sampling is done on an asbestos abatement project; list the two analytical methods used in final clearance of asbestos abatement projects; explain the difference between static sampling and aggressive sampling; describe bulk sampling, settled dust sampling, and wipe sampling methods; list and briefly describe the limitations of three analytical methods used in asbestos abatement; and explain the purpose for taking area samples from outside the work area (but inside the building) and from outside the building.


Major topics include:  work area preparation, decontamination facility construction and use, abatement techniques, and cleanup procedures. Special emphasis is placed on following proper procedures and developing safe work habits. The course meets all OSHA requirements and is mandatory for all workers involved in Class I and Class II asbestos abatement work. The course exceeds EPA’s 32-hour minimum course requirements, as stipulated under 40 CFR Part 763.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate /associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Industrial Technology (4/16) (4/21 revalidation).