OSHA Construction Asbestos Awareness

This course designed to to familiarize you with the standard for safely working with materials that may contain asbestos in the construction industry.

Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
Course Length: 2 Hours

What you'll learn

  • Introduction
  • Exposure Assessment and Monitoring
  • Methods of Compliance
  • Work Practices

Course Description

This asbestos awareness training course covers requirements for regulating asbestos exposure in the construction industry. The focus of this course is to familiarize you with the standard for safely working with materials that may contain asbestos. This course was developed primarily for use in North America but certainly is appropriate for international audiences.

The OSHA Asbestos Standard for the Construction Industry Training course consists of content, graphics, audio, self-check questions, and a final exam.

Course Outline

OSHA Construction Asbestos Awareness Course Outline

Course Introduction

Course Description

Course Approach

Course Layout


  • Class I Asbestos Work
  • Class II Asbestos Work
  • Class III Asbestos Work
  • Class IV Asbestos Work
  • Permissible Exposure Limits
  • Competent Person
  • On-site Inspections
  • Training Program & Requirements

Exposure Assessment and Monitoring

  • Initial Exposure Assessment
  • PEL (or Permissible Exposure Limit)
  • Employee Exposure Measurements
  • Exposure Monitoring
  • Affected Employees
  • Medical Surveillance Program
  • Medical Exams and Consultations
  • Maintain Employee Records
  • Regulated Areas
  • ACM Discovery Notification
  • Warning Signs and Labels

Methods of Compliance

  • Exhaust ventilation equipped with HEPA-filter dust collection systems
  • Wet methods or Wetting Agents
  • Enclosure or Isolation of Processes Producing Asbestos Dust
  • Ventilation of the Regulated Area
  • Negative Pressure Enclosure Systems
  • Feasible Engineering and Work Practice Controls

Work Practices

  • Respirators
  • Respiratory Program
  • Respirator Fit Test
  • Protective Clothing
  • Decontamination Area
  • Equipment Room
  • HEPA-filter Dust Collection Systems
  • Vinyl and Asphalt Flooring

Final Exam

Frequently Asked Questions

Who must take this training?

According to OSHA 29 CFR § 1926.1101(k)(9)(i): The employer shall train each employee who is likely to be exposed in excess of a PEL, and each employee who performs Class I through IV asbestos operations, in accordance with the requirements of this section.

How often is retraining or recertification required?

The length of time for which the training is valid is determined by OSHA 29 CFR § 1910.1101(k)(9)(ii):

Training shall be provided prior to or at the time of initial assignment and at least annually thereafter.

What are the governing regulations?

The use of Asbestos is highly regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and OSHA. This online course focuses on the Asbestos Standard for the Construction Industry as described in OSHA 29 CFR § 1926.1101 and is intended to provide a general awareness of asbestos, the risks, and the regulations.

Navigation Strategies

Beginners: Complete the course in order from beginning to end. Once any topic is completed, you will have full access to it at any time for one year after registration, to use as a resource.

Intermediate/Advanced Users: Use the course as a flexible resource tool to find what you need, whenever you need it. Try the assessment tests first, if you get 80%+ you can move to the next level, if you get less than 80% you should complete the lecture. This gives you a pre and post-assessment score, which can be used to track your skills improvements.

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