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LEA Advisory #42—Attachment 4

Asbestos—Authorized ACW Program—Board Staff Program

Provided below is the IWMB ACW Program for health and safety. All predesignated field staff are required to participate in all aspects of this program. Note:  Refer to the IWMB Field Health and Safety Program for more detail. Reference:

Article 5.  LEA Standards and Certification

Section 17897.25  Designated ACW Program

Comply with the appropriate Title 8 training requirements.

(2) have provided field staff with training in compliance with Title 8 CCR , including but not limited to recognition of asbestos, respiratory protection, and selection and use of personal protective equipment. The LEA shall amend their Injury, Illness and Prevention Plan to comply with this requirement.

 1. Health & Safety Training

  • Annual asbestos recognition training. Board staff are provided with a 2 hour health and safety training emphasizing asbestos recognition. The training covers asbestos mineral types and physical properties; health effects of asbestos; detection, identification, and assessment of ACM; options for controlling ACM; relevant federal and state regulations; and asbestos waste management. The training has been provided by a consultant that maintains AHERA and Industrial Hygiene certification. (Note:  The training met EPA AHERA requirements - Training should meet regulatory requirements of CCR, T8, Section 5208, Asbestos) Past training has included mock dress out drills for asbestos sampling.
  • Respiratory protection training. Board staff are provided with annual respiratory protection training. This training covers classifications, description and limitations of respirators; selection of respirators; use of respirators, maintenance of respirators; and provides quantitative fit testing of respiratory protection. (Training meets regulatory requirements of CCR, T8, Section 5144, Respiratory Protective Equipment.) 
  • General health and safety field training. Board staff are required to take an initial 40 hours health and safety recognition training. This training reviews occupational hazards, hazard controls, personal protection, principles of air monitoring, hazard assessment and control, and emergency response. Annually staff are required to attend an 8-hour refresher training course reviewing the above material. (Training meets Board policy and meets regulatory requirements of CCR, T8, Section 3203, Injury, Illness Protection Program and CCR, T8, Section 5192, Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response.)

2. Medical Surveillance Program

Board policy also requires Tier 1 employees to participate in the Medical Surveillance Program. This program monitors the health status of the employee to detect the presence of work-related illness at an early stage to halt or reverse disease. It also evaluates the fitness of field staff to ensure that only those medically sound participate in field operations.

PPE equipment includes air purifying respirators, protective clothing (e.g., tyvek ). Sampling equipment would include sample containers, custody seals, etc..

(5) provide field staff with equipment necessary to comply with these requirement including but not limited to personal protective equipment and sample collection equipment.

3. Personal Protective & Sampling Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment. Field staff are required to use personal protective equipment (PPE) when performing tasks which may create a hazard or potential hazards. No single combination of protective equipment and clothing is capable of protecting against all hazard. Thus, staff are reminded that PPE should be used in conjunction with other protective methods. All IWMB staff are directed to follow proper procedure and wear the required personal protection. Selection of PPE is based upon the working tasks performed. The following items are made available to staff for ACW inspection and sampling:

  • disposable coveralls, tyvek
  • air purifying respirators with HEPA cartridges
  • disposable hand protection (optional)
  • foot protection

Sampling Equipment

Sampling equipment would include sample containers, custody seals, etc..
Reference HML Users Manual

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