All companies and employees thereof that work in asbestos abatement are required to be certified, by U.S. federal law. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services oversees training courses that educate seven roles of asbestos removal services, while the Enivronmental Protection Agency defines five disciplines per the EPA Asbestos Model Accreditation Plan. Employers are required to provide training for asbestos abatement employees and register as a certified abatement contractor.
The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act of 1986, defines asbestos abatement industry roles of workers, contractors or supervisors, inspectors, management planners and project designers. Each of these disciplines requires a specific level of training for accreditation. A 1990 amendment to the act increased the training time required and mandated an annual refresher course for asbestos workers.
The federal Department of Health and Human Services, through the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, defines two additional asbestos-related roles. Operations and maintenance workers who, although not engaged in abatement, may disturb asbestos in the course of duties, are required to be certified by a two-day training program. Additionally, employees of any company that may work in proximity to asbestos must receive two hours awareness training, including topics such as asbestos health risks, possible locations of the material in the work environment and control procedures.