New York State Department of Labor has announced a continuation of their temporary extension for working with an expired Asbestos Handling Certificates (hard cards).
If your Asbestos Handling Certificate (hard card) expired April 30, 2020 or later, you may continue to work using that existing card until April 30, 2021.
For people who have recently attended an INITIAL training course, within the past 90 days and has not received their Asbestos Handling Certificate (hard card), they may continue to use their "Student Copy" of their NYSDOH #2832 form (half sheet) with their photo identification.
All in-person class attendees must observe strict Social Distancing, wearing the appropriate face coverings and frequent hand washing. As a result of the Social Distancing requirement, we have created isolated spaces in the classroom and require the use of facial covering (nose and mouth) whenever the student(s) are not in their place at their table, so please contact us right away to reserve a spot for your students.
BREAKING NEWS: NYSDOL has implemented a new system called Fast Track Variance (FTV). These FTV will allow Building Owners, Consultants and Contractors the opportunity to apply and obtain Variances from the requirements of Code Rule 56 quicker. The ten FTV include: Negative Air, Elevator and Fire Doors, Crawlspaces, Intact Components, Buried Cementitious Piping, HEPA Drilling, Elevated Exhaust Duct Air Sampling and Controlled Demolition with Non-Friable material. More info about these FTV is located at
The Safety and Health Training Center has been approved to provide on-line training for all Asbestos Refresher classes.
Classes will be performed using Zoom meeting platform and requires the following criteria:
All participants must register prior to the class by calling (716) 838-6850 and providing their email address
All participants must provide a legible ID (New York Driver's License or ID) prior to the class
All participants must have a good internet connection
Each student must sign into the platform individually
Each student must have a computer with camera and video capability
Each student must attend the class in its entirety. They cannot arrive late and must return from breaks/lunch on time. Failure to do so will result in the student not completing the course properly. No makeup time will be allowed.
There can be no distractions while taking the course.
Each student cannot engage in any activity that is not related to the class.
Paperwork/handouts and course materials will be provided to the student prior to the class. Such documentation must be downloaded and/or printed in order to actively participate in the class.
Each student must provide photo ID prior to the class by email.
Please contact us right away to reserve your spot!!!
PAYMENT OF TUITION
If you or your company are current customers of The Safety and Health Training Center, Inc., we can invoice your company for your students attending any of our on-line and in-person classes. This will result in a normal tuition cost.
As a current customer, you may also choose to pay by using the PayPal button on our Asbestos page. If you choose this method, you will be paying a little higher tuition fee to help offset the PayPal fees associated with on-line payment services.
If you are not a current customer of The Safety and Health Training Center, Inc., you and/or your company must pay for the classes in one of two ways.
The first would be to issue a company check and submitting it to us prior to the class or to have the student bring it on the first day of the class. Using this method will result in the standard tuition cost.
The second option is to pay the tuition using the PayPal options located below. Using this option will result in an additional charge added to the tuition to offset the PayPal charges.
ASBESTOS USE IN THE UNITED STATES IS NOT BANNED!!!
At the height of asbestos use in the United States (from 1950 – 1980), over 3,500 products contained asbestos (Asbestos Containing Materials - ACM).
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned asbestos use in 1973. However the only products that were banned from manufacturing, use or importation were Sprayed-on Fireproofing, Pre-fabricated Pipe Insulation and certain types of Felts.
The EPA ban of 1989, to eliminate approximately 1, 500 asbestos products was overturned and never implemented. A labeling requirement was instituted requiring all ACM’s to be labeled with asbestos content.
Currently in the U.S., it is estimated that over 1,800 ACM are manufactured, used or imported.
ACM is defined by the EPA as materials that contain more than 1% asbestos by Polarized Light Microscope (PLM).
Polarized Light Microscopy is an analytical technique that identifies larger asbestos fibers or bundled (multiple) fibers in a bulk sample. The magnification factor of a PLM is 400 times. This magnification factor is not capable of identifying smaller asbestos fibers or non-bundled asbestos fibers. The analytical technique that does identify all types of asbestos is known as TransmissionElectron Microscopy or TEM. The TEM analysis is capable of a magnification factor of 25,000X, which allows this method to identify asbestos specifically.
Additionally, the current regulated analysis for asbestos air samples is known as Phase Contrast Microscopy (PCM). PCM is similar to PLM in that it has a magnification factor of 400 times and is not specific for asbestos fiber. In fact, in many instances, PCM cannot identify the smaller or non-bundled asbestos fiber. The only analytical technique that is specific for asbestos fiber is TEM.
At this time in the U.S., TEM analysis is only required for asbestos work done in schools (K-12th grade, public and private).
All other asbestos work done in the U.S. requires air samples to be analyzed by PCM.
We urge you to join us in our efforts to: have ALL asbestos products banned from manufacturing, use or importation into the United States; to support the Congressional Bill H.R. 6903 to ban ALLAsbestos Containing Products (ACP) and to stop this known killer from affecting any more American workers and families by signing our petition located at the following link:
All asbestos classes are certified and approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and/or New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH).
Initial ClassDurationDescription Allied Trades12 hoursIntended for carpenters, electricians, plumbers or othertrades who will work ancillary to the asbestos project but will not remove asbestos
Operations & Maintenance16 hoursEmployees who will conduct repair/maintenance activities where asbestos may be disturbed (not removal). Air Sampling Technician16 hoursEmployees who will conduct environmental air sampling. Inspector24 hoursEmployees who will conduct inspections or surveys and collect bulk samples to identify the presence, location and quantity of asbestos
Management Planner16 hoursEmployees who will develop a (must complete anManagement Plan to manage asbestos Inspector course)in a facility (primarily schools – K-12th grade).
Project Designer24 hoursEmployees who will design the scope, timing, phasing and remediation methods for an asbestos project.
Worker32 hoursEmployees who will remove, encapsulate, enclose or otherwise disturb asbestos materials.
Supervisor40 hoursEmployees who will supervise workers during an asbestos project and act as the OSHA “competent person”.
Project Monitor40 hoursEmployees who will oversee the timing, scope, phasing and remediation methods to be used on an asbestos project.
Each of the above courses requires an annual refresher course to be taken to maintain certification.
All Allied Trades, Operations & Maintenance, Air Sampling Technician and Inspector courses require a four (4) hour annual training program.
All other disciplines require an eight (8) hour annual training course.
New York State Apprenticeship Program requires a four (4) hour Asbestos Awareness course for all apprentice training.
OSHA requires a two (2) hour Awareness course for compliance.
Asbestos 2020 In-Person Training Schedule
The Buffalo scheduled courses below are held at our training facility at: 2495 Main Street, Suite 118 Buffalo, NY. 14214
Any and all of these courses can be held off-site at a client's location or facility.
Additional courses can be scheduled and held on an as-needed basis. Please call us at (716) 838-6850.
BUFFALO, NEW YORK Initial Courses
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EPA/NYS Worker/Handler $600 7:30-3
EPA/NYS Supervisor $745 7:30-3
EPA/NYS Inspector $455 8-4
EPA/NYS Management Planner $3158-4
NYS Project Monitor $745 8-4
EPA/NYS Project Design $455 8-4
EPA/NYS Operations & Maintenance $315 8-4
NYS Air Sampling Technician $315 8-4
NYS Allied Trades $300 8-4
BUFFALO, NEW YORK
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As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, NYSDOL has granted extensions for all persons who hold a valid Asbestos Handling Certificate (hard card) who has expired, as long as the hard card expired AFTER December 31, 2019.
Those individuals may continue to work with the expired card until which time Asbestos Refreshers are allowed to be presented in-person again.
However it is recommended that those persons take advantage of the on-line Asbestos Refreshers if possible.