Environmental Health & Safety Awareness Training

Asbestos Awareness Training

WSU must educate and train employees about the dangers of asbestos exposure and communicate to those employees their relative risk of asbestos exposure on the job. Asbestos awareness training is required for all employees at WSU. Three tiers of training are recognized for employees at WSU based on exposure risks.

Office and Academic Staff

Most university employees perform office duties or are employed in academic departments. These persons normally do not disturb building materials as part of their work. Since asbestos is not disturbed, office and academic personnel are considered to be at low risk for asbestos exposure. At a minimum, employees in this category must complete general asbestos awareness training found online:

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Construction and Maintenance Staff

The second tier of training is intended for people involved in maintaining university buildings or in demolition or construction of institutional facilities which may disturb asbestos-containing building components, thereby causing asbestos fibers to become airborne. These employees are considered to be at a higher risk of periodic exposure to asbestos. Employees in this category must complete awareness training provided by EH&S in a 2-hour classroom instructed format. To schedule training for you or your employees, please contact EH&S at 335-3041. Ask for the asbestos staff.

Asbestos Removal Workers

The third tier of training is one in which the employee is knowingly exposed to asbestos on a regular basis; these are employees whose job it is to sample suspect materials or to remove or abate asbestos-containing materials in order to make the work environment safer for the rest of us. Employees performing asbestos sampling or abatement have known exposure to asbestos and must receive specialized training and/or state certifications to perform their work. Training and certification requirements are found in WSU’s Asbestos Management Program.

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