(1) Persons Requiring Training. All persons seeking certification as Asbestos Supervisors, Asbestos Workers, Asbestos Inspectors, Asbestos Management Planners, Asbestos Project Designers and/or Asbestos Project Monitors shall have successfully completed the applicable initial and refresher training for the discipline in which they wish to be certified, as set forth at 453 CMR 6.10(2), 6.10(4)(a) through (g) and/or 453 CMR 6.10(5). All Asbestos-Associated Project Workers shall have successfully completed the applicable initial training as set forth in 453 CMR 6.10(4)(h). Only asbestos training which has been provided by a certified Asbestos Training Provider or which meets the reciprocity requirements of 453 CMR 6.10(2) shall be allowable for the purposes of 453 CMR 6.10.

(2) Allowance for Prior Training Courses.

(a) Any person who has successfully completed the applicable initial and refresher training for certification as an Asbestos Worker, Asbestos Supervisor, Asbestos Inspector, Asbestos Management Planner, Asbestos Project Designer or Asbestos Project Monitor prior to the effective date of 453 CMR 6.00 shall not be required to take another initial training course to fulfill his or her training requirements for certification in that discipline pursuant to 453 CMR 6.00, provided that said training was:

1. Supplied by an EPA-approved provider of asbestos training;

2. Approved by a state asbestos licensing and/or accreditation program with applicable asbestos training requirements no less stringent than those set forth in Appendix C to Subpart E of 40 CFR Part 763; or

3. Approved by the Director; and provided that said course was substantially equivalent in length and content to the applicable asbestos training course specified at 453 CMR 6.10(4).

(b) Any person who had successfully completed Asbestos-Associated Project Worker training required by 453 CMR 6.10(4)(h) and 453 CMR 6.13(1)(a) prior to June 26, 1998, shall not be required to take another training course to fulfill his or her training requirements for participation in Asbestos-Associated Project Work or Small-Scale Asbestos Projects, provided that said training course meets one of the criteria set forth at 453 CMR 6.10(2)(a)1. through 3.. The refresher training requirements of the OSHA Asbestos Standard 29 CFR Part 1926.1101 shall also apply to the the training of Asbestos-Associated Project Workers.

(c) Where an initial or refresher training certificate has expired, the holder shall have a grace period of one year from the date of expiration of said training certificate in which to take another refresher training course in the same discipline in lieu of re-taking the applicable initial course of training.

(3) Determination of Course Equivalency. The Director shall determine whether courses and examinations are equivalent to the training and examination requirements of 453 CMR 6.00.

(4) Training Curriculum. Training courses required for licensure or certification pursuant to 453 CMR 6.05 through 6.07 or work on an Asbestos-Associated Project or a Small-Scale Asbestos Project shall be conducted by training providers certified pursuant to 453 CMR 6.09, except as provided in 453 CMR 6.10(2) and at a minimum, meet the following criteria of duration, subject matter and examination:

(a) General.

1. Courses of instruction required by 453 CMR 6.10(1) and (4) shall be specific for each of the disciplines as set forth in 453 CMR 6.10(1). The topics or subjects of instruction which a person must receive to meet the training requirements must be presented through a combination of lectures, demonstrations, and field trips or hands-on practice, as appropriate.

2. Courses requiring hands-on training must be presented in an environment suitable to permit participants to have actual experience performing tasks associated with asbestos abatement. Demonstrations not involving individual participant participation shall not substitute for hands-on training. Hands-on training sessions shall maintain a student-to-instructor ratio of not greater than 10:1. The Division of Occupational Safety recommends that lecture sections of asbestos training courses have a student to instructor ratio no higher than 25:1.

3. For purposes of 453 CMR 6.00, one training day shall consist of eight-hours of actual classroom instruction, hands-on training and field trips, or combinations thereof, including lunch and breaks.

4. Asbestos-Associated Project Worker training may be given on non-consecutive days, provided that the entire course of instruction is given within a two-week period. Asbestos training for the asbestos disciplines requiring certification pursuant to 453 CMR 6.00 shall be given on consecutive days, except as authorized by the Director in writing.

5. The Director reserves the right to administer a proficiency examination to any person applying for certification pursuant to 453 CMR 6.00.

(b) Asbestos Workers. Persons seeking certification as Asbestos Workers shall successfully complete an approved four-day training course specified below or the course required under 453 CMR 6.10(4)(c). The training course shall include lectures, demonstrations, at least 14 hours of hands-on training, including respirator fit testing, course review, and a written examination consisting of 50 multiple choice questions. Successful completion of the course shall be demonstrated by achieving a score of at least 70% on the examination. The course shall adequately address the requirements of 453 CMR 6.00 applicable to Asbestos Workers and the topics specified for Asbestos Workers in Appendix C to subpart E of 40 CFR Part 763, as set forth in 59 FR 5236-5260, February 3, 1994, which are listed in 453 CMR 6.20: Appendix II.

(c) Asbestos Supervisors. Persons seeking certification as Asbestos Supervisors shallsuccessfully complete an approved five-day training course as specified below. The trainingcourse shall include lectures, demonstrations, at least fourteen hours of hands-on training,respirator fit testing, course review, and a written examination consisting of 100 multiple choice questions. Successful completion of the course shall be demonstrated by achieving a score of at least 70% on the examination. The course shall adequately address the requirements of 453 CMR 6.00 applicable to Asbestos Supervisors and the topics specified for Contractors/Supervisors in Appendix C to subpart E of 40 CFR Part 763, as set forth in 59 FR 5236-5260, February 3, 1994, which are listed in 453 CMR 6.20: Appendix II.

(d) Asbestos Inspectors. Persons seeking certification as Asbestos Inspectors shall successfully complete an approved three-day training course as specified below. The training course shall include lectures, demonstrations, at least four hours of hands-on training, including respirator fit testing, course review and a written examination consisting of 50 multiple choice questions. Successful completion of the course shall be demonstrated by achieving a score of at least 70% on the examination. The course shall adequately address the requirements of 453 CMR 6.00 applicable to Asbestos Inspectors and the topics specified for Asbestos Inspectors in Appendix C to subpart E of 40 CFR Part 763, as set forth in 59 FR 5236-5260, February 3, 1994, which are listed in 453 CMR 6.20: Appendix II.

(e) Asbestos Management Planners. Persons seeking certification as Asbestos Management Planners shall successfully complete the training program as described in 453 CMR 6.10(4)(d), plus an approved two-day management training course as specified below. The Asbestos Management Planner course shall include lectures, demonstrations, course review and a written examination consisting of 50 multiple choice questions. Successful completion of the course shall be demonstrated by achieving a score of at least 70% on the examination. The course shall adequately address requirements of 453 CMR 6.00 applicable to Asbestos Management Planners and the topics specified for Management Planners in Appendix C to subpart E of 40 CFR Part 763, as set forth in 59 FR 5236-5260, February 3, 1994, which are listed in 453 CMR 6.20: Appendix II.

(f) Asbestos Project Designers. Persons seeking certification as Asbestos Project Designers shall successfully complete an approved three-day training course. The training course shall include lectures, demonstrations, a field trip, course review, and a written examination consisting of 100 multiple choice questions. Successful completion of the course shall be demonstrated by achieving a score of at least 70% on the examination. The course shall adequately address the requirements of 453 CMR 6.00 applicable to Asbestos Project Designers and the topics specified for Project Designers in Appendix C to subpart E of 40 CFR Part 763, as set forth in 59 FR 5236-5260, February 3, 1994, which are listed in 453 CMR 6.20: Appendix II.

(g) Asbestos Project Monitor. Persons seeking certification as Asbestos Project Monitors shall successfully complete an approved five-day training course. The training course shall include lectures, demonstrations, at least six hours of hands-on training, a course review and a written examination consisting of 100 multiple choice questions. Successful completion of the course shall be demonstrated by achieving a score of at least 70% on the examination. The course shall adequately address the requirements of 453 CMR 6.00 applicable to Asbestos Project Monitors and the topics specified for Project Monitors in Appendix C to subpart E of 40 CFR Part 763, as set forth in 59 FR 5236-5260, February 3, 1994, which are listed in 453 CMR 6.20: Appendix II.

(h) Asbestos-Associated Project Workers. Persons seeking designation as Asbestos-Associated Project Workers shall successfully complete an approved two-day training course. The training course for Asbestos-Associated Project Workers shall include lectures, demonstrations, and a minimum of four hours of hands-on training. An examination is not required. The course shall adequately address the following subjects:

1. Background information on asbestos.

2. Potential health effects related to asbestos exposure.

3. Recognition of damage, deterioration and delamination of asbestos material.

4. Employee personal protective equipment.

5. Personal hygiene.

6. Proper methods of handling asbestos material.

7. Relevant federal, state and local regulatory requirements.

8. Hands-on training.

(5) Refresher Training. Annual refresher training is required for Asbestos Workers, Asbestos Supervisors and all Asbestos Consultant disciplines as a condition of maintaining certification.

Annual refresher training is recommended but not required for Asbestos-Associated Project Workers. Satisfactory completion of such training shall be a condition of certification renewal and evidence of satisfactory completion shall be included in the annual renewal application. Training providers shall determine successful completion of a refresher course by conducting a written examination consisting of 25 questions at the conclusion of the course. A score of 70% or higher shall be considered passing.

(a) Refresher training for all disciplines except Asbestos Inspectors shall be of one-day duration. Refresher training for Asbestos Inspectors shall be ½ day in length. Asbestos Management Planners shall attend the Asbestos Inspector refresher course plus an additional ½ day on management planning.

(b) The refresher curriculum for all disciplines shall include a review of changes in applicable state and federal laws, regulations, policies and guidelines; developments or changes in state-of-the-art procedures and equipment; and the key areas of initial training specific to each discipline.