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Asbestos, Lead and First Responder Hazard Awareness Training
Environmental hazard awareness training is required to comply with the OSHA Construction and General Industry Standards as well as some State regulations. Tri-Tech provides the most common types of environmental hazard training including Asbestos (Awareness, Class IV, Six-Month Surveillance and AHERA Designated Person), Lead in Construction, HUD Lead Hazard Control Training, Health Hazards in Construction, OSHA Hazard Communication and First Responders. Tri-Tech can also provide awareness training for other environmental hazards such as Universal Wastes and biohazards, XRF radiation safety as well as the comprehensive OSHA asbestos, lead and mold awareness training.
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Asbestos Awareness Training
Michigan Part 305 and Federal OSHA 1910.1001 Standards requires training for all employees that perform housekeeping operations (cleaning, maintenance etc.) in buildings constructed no later than 1981 where asbestos may be present. The purpose of this training is to limit occupational exposures through asbestos recognition and safe work practices.  This training course covers the following:

  • health effects of asbestos
  • locations of ACM and PACM in the building/facility
  • recognition of ACM and PACM damage 
  • requirements relating to housekeeping
  • proper response to fiber release episodes

This training requirement is also duplicated under the ​USEPA Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) of 1986 codified as 40 CFR Part 763.92.

Each such employee shall be so trained within 60 days of employment and refreshed annually.



Asbestos OSHA Class IV Training
Michigan Part 602 and Federal OSHA 1910.1101 Standards requires training for employees that perform housekeeping operations (cleaning, maintenance etc.) in buildings constructed no later than 1981 where asbestos may be present. The purpose of this training is to limit occupational exposures through asbestos recognition and safe work practices.  This training course is similar to Asbestos Awareness above but includes covering the following additional elements:

  • safe work practices for housekeeping
  • understanding the scope and limits of Class IV work practices
  • understanding asbestos damage, contaminated dust and debris
  • forms of permissible contacts and cleanup of asbestos 
  • procedures and controls in support of Class I-III abatement

The training requirement applies within 60 days of employment and is to be refreshed annually.



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Six Month Asbestos Surveillance Training
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AHERA Asbestos Designated Person Training
AHERA (763.84) requires that a Designated Person be adequately trained to carry out his or her responsibilities for compliance with all asbestos regulations at a school. A Designated Person is not required but it recommended for other occupational worksites where significant amounts of asbestos present that require management. This is particularly helpful for properties where and Asbestos Operations and Maintenance Plan is in-force using in-house trained personnel. This training course includes the two-hours of Asbestos Awareness above but includes covering the following additional elements:

  • identification and assessment of asbestos building materials 
  • options for controlling asbestos-containing building materials
  • asbestos hazard communication including signage and labeling
  • various types of asbestos management programs
  • relevant Federal and State regulations concerning asbestos
  • asbestos recordkeeping and personnel training requirements

The training requirement applies within 60 days of employment and is to be refreshed annually.

AHERA training is a federal requirement. You need not be located in Michigan for this training class.



AHERA (763.84) requires that the Designated Person perform Six Month Asbestos Surveillance Training or to assign this task to another employee. This brief training course includes the two hours of Asbestos Awareness above but includes covering the following additional elements:

  • understanding how to interpret asbestos surveys and plans
  • how to identify and records types of damage
  • how to identify potential threats to asbestos
  • asbestos recordkeeping for compliance purposes

The training is based on federal requirements. You need not be located in Michigan for this training class. Designated Persons may elect to out-source this semi-annual inspection requirement to a professional asbestos inspector.  Tri-Tech can perform these surveillance inspections for school buildings that are located in southeast Michigan.



Lead in Construction
Lead in Construction Awareness Training is used to satisfy compliance requirements under Michigan Part 603 and Federal OSHA 1910.1926. These standards requires training for workers with potential occupational exposures to lead. Under federal OSHA, this includes construction, alteration and/or repair, including painting and decorating, demolition/salvage, and transportation and handling of leaded materials. The purpose of this training is to limit occupational exposures through lead paint recognition and safe work practices.  This training course covers the following:

  •  how workers are exposed to lead
  •  the health effects of lead exposure
  •  avoidance of lead hazards
  • respiratory protection
  • OSHA compliance methods

Employees are required to receive training prior to jobsite assignment, Training is required to be refreshed annually if on any day the worker is exposed to lead at or above the action level. This training can be expanded to include other health hazards in construction such as mold, PCB and universal/special wastes.



Workers performing regulated lead hazard control activities (non-abatement) are required to have Lead Hazard Control training consisting of the US EPA Renovation, Repair and Paint renovator training, lead abatement supervisor/worker or an equivalent HUD-approved training course. In Michigan, this requirement is found under R325.99408(1). The federal requirement is referenced under the HUD Lead Safe Housing Rule. A person performing interim controls must also be trained in accordance with the OSHA hazard communication standard for the construction industry (29 CFR 1926.59), which is included in this training. This training includes 

  • Lead-Based Paint and Lead Poisoning
  • Laws and Regulations
  • Identifying and Controlling Lead-Based Paint Hazards
  • Lead-Safe Renovation and Remodeling
  • Resident Protection and Worksite Preparation
  • Working Lead-Safe
  • Clean Up and Waste Management

In the experience of Tri-Tech, over 90% of hazard control work fails the requirements of the first Lead Clearance. The reason for this is that ordinary workers doing home rehabilitation work are rarely trained to understand how to interpret reports describing lead hazards. This work often requires additional effort and expertise beyond typical repainting activities. A building owner who owns multiple properties with lead paint that require periodic rehabilitation and lead clearances will find the investment in additional training for their workers well worth it in offsetting avoidable costs caused by delays and repeated failing lead clearance testing. 

Abbreviated two-hour training is provided for workers that do limited and simple hazard control such as dust hazard cleaning and minor stabilization and repainting work. The full eight hour training program is more exhaustive and will equip workers with the full technical depth of lead hazard control work. 



HUD Hazard Control (2 or 8 hours)
Designated Persons are the person responsible for asbestos compliance and may include school principals, building managers or business managers
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OSHA Hazard Communication and 
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