An asbestos abatement certification is needed by the contractors who intend to work for the removal or abatement of asbestos. The word of asbestos was first invented by the Greeks. It indicates inextinguishable. That is, the Greeks were the first people to have used it. Being a mineral fiber, asbestos was utilized broadly for industrial as well as domestic intentions.
Every contractor has to gain an asbestos abatement certification, in order to put into practice the business of removal of asbestos. For a period more than a year, the asbestos contractor certifications are not allowed to be granted. After the period of one year, this certificate is set to expire. The registration of a contractor expires after one year as well.
For gaining a certificate, one has to complete a training course and qualify a multiple choice exam, relying on the area of specialization.
The type of training and certification a person receives depends upon the type of work the individual does. At present, the North Dakota Department of Health Asbestos Control Program certifies people in six different disciplines. Every discipline lets a person to do certain types of work; the disciplines and its definitions are:
– Inspector: anyone who inspects facilities for asbestos-containing materials. For asbestos analysis, just certified asbestos inspectors may take samples.
– Management planner: Anyone who builds up facility plans for the management of asbestos-containing materials.
– Abatement project designer: Anyone who develops the plans, specifications and also designs for a project of asbestos abatement.
– Abatement supervisor: Anyone employed by the asbestos contractor, including a public employee, who supervises certified workers engaged in asbestos removal, enclosure, encapsulation and repair.
– Abatement worker: A worker or agent of an asbestos contractor, or a public employee engaged in the abatement of more than three square feet [0.28 square meters] or three linear feet [0.91 meters] of friable asbestos material, except for those engaged in abatement work at their private residences.
– Abatement project monitor: any person employed to monitor a project of asbestos removal.