AHERA Accredited Asbestos Worker Course 


This EPA / Cal OSHA accredited program is a four-day comprehensive course designed to provide practical information regarding proper work practices and the importance of appropriate protection to the worker and environment. Participants will be instructed in proper construction methodologies for isolation of the work area which includes construction of critical barriers, polyethylene walls and floors, and glove bags procedures. In addition, the establishment of engineering controls designed for minimizing dust such as negative air, decontamination procedures, HEPA / Cal OSHA vacuuming and wet wiping will be explained and demonstrated. Certification as an Asbestos Worker is awarded upon successful completion of a 50-question exam on the last day.  Specific course content includes:


  • Physical Characteristics
  • Uses and Applications of Asbestos
  • Health Effects/Medical Surveillance
  • Sampling Procedures and Analytical Methodologies
  • Regulations (Federal, State, and local)
  • Introduction to Legal Considerations
  • Types of Insurance
  • Safety at the Work Site
  • Personal Protection
  • Abatement Procedures
  • Engineering Controls
  • Clean-Up and Disposal


The worker will have the opportunity to perform hands-on activities similar to those encountered on an abatement site, such as building a decontamination unit; scraping spray-on material from metal and drywall substrates; simulated HEPA / Cal OSHA vacuuming; glove bag procedures; and inspection and care of respirators. All hands-on activities are conducted with non-asbestos materials.


AHERA Worker Refresher 


This 8-hour course is based upon the requirements of the EPA / Cal OSHA and State of California Division of Occupations Safety and Health. This course is required yearly to maintain certification as an Asbestos Worker. The course is a review of important concepts presented in the Initial Worker Course. In addition, regulatory changes that have occurred or proposed changes currently before the state legislature or congress are addressed. State of the Art work practices are also discussed throughout the day. Training is accomplished through lectures, use of audiovisual aids, and class discussion.