Asbestos Removal Worker apprenticeship

Description of an apprenticeship as an Asbestos Removal Worker

Asbestos Removal Worker

DOT code: 869.684-082

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Removes asbestos from ceilings, walls, beams, boilers, and other structures, following hazardous waste handling guidelines: Assembles scaffolding and seals off work area, using plastic sheeting and duct tape. Positions mobile decontamination unit or portable showers at entrance of work area. Builds connecting walkway between mobile unit or portable showers and work area, using handtools, lumber, nails, plastic sheeting, and duct tape. Positions portable air evacuation and filtration system inside work area. Sprays chemical solution over asbestos covered surfaces, using tank with attached hose and nozzle, to soften asbestos. Cuts and scrapes asbestos from surfaces, using knife and scraper. Shovels asbestos into plastic disposal bags and seals bags, using duct tape. Cleans work area of loose asbestos, using vacuum, broom, and dust pan. Places asbestos in disposal bags and seals bags, using duct tape. Dismantles scaffolding and temporary walkway, using handtools, and places plastic sheeting and disposal bags into transport bags. Seals bags, using duct tape, and loads bags into truck.

Work process schedule

Task Hours
A. Proper mixing and insulating of cements. 200
B. Determining proper names of users of all products of the industry. 400
C. Protection of materials on job operations to prevent damage and spoilage. 200
D. Intelligent reading of job specifications and application of same 400
E. Determining pipe sizes and specifications and proper size material to be used. 1000
F. Determining size and thickness of sectional covering, sizes and thickness of insulating sheets and blocks to be used on low and high pressure power and heating work, types of forms of cork material to be used in insulating chilled, cold and low temperature piping, tanks and vats. 1000
G. Measuring and cutting of air cell, wool felt, hairfelt, asbestos magnesia, cork, canvas, asbestos cloth and all other types of materials used. 1000
H. Application to pipes, tanks, vats, ducts, flues, wall and other surfaces of all types and kinds of insulation materials. 2000
I. Sewing of canvas jackets, where specified on piping, fittings, tanks, vats and other insulated objects. 2000
J. Proper erection of staging, with instructions in safety measures to observe, in protecting individual and other workmen. 400
(Every 2,000 hours = one year) Total Hours: 8000

Related technical instruction

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires 150 hours each year of related technical instruction which must be mastered by the apprentice in order to successfully complete the program. For further information, please call the Division of Apprentice Standards at (617) 626-5409.