OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 4 Chemical Hazards, Biological Hazards and Harmful Substances

Section 37 Asbestos worker course

This section requires all workers who work with asbestos, including the removal or abatement of asbestos, to receive training. Workers who will be working in a restricted area i.e. high risk asbestos abatement projects, must successfully complete an asbestos abatement course of at least two days duration. The course must be one that is approved by Alberta Labour.

Approved courses require participants to become familiar with several regulations and understand their responsibilities and the responsibilities of their fellow workers, supervisors and regulatory agencies. Practical sessions focus on worker protection, set-up of the work area and safe work practices. Each course concludes with an examination requiring an 80 percent passing grade. Workers who pass the examination receive an Asbestos Worker card (course certificate). A list of training agencies accredited to provide asbestos worker training and issue Asbestos Worker cards is available on the Occupational Health and Safety website.

Asbestos Worker cards remain the property of Alberta Labour and as such, can be revoked if a worker is found to not be competent or if the card is misused. Workers must have their original cards available at the work site at which they are working. An occupational health and safety officer may ask a worker to produce their original card plus appropriate identification.

Workers involved in moderate and low risk abatement projects are not required to complete a two-day asbestos abatement course and do not need an Asbestos Worker card. The training these workers receive must be appropriate to their level of involvement in the project and at least cover all the information presented in sections 5.2 or 5.3 of the Alberta Asbestos Abatement Manual. Training programs that include this information are considered to have met the requirements of this section. Training can be provided by a training agency or in-house by persons knowledgeable in the procedures and hazards associated with asbestos abatement.

For more information

Alberta Asbestos Abatement Manual

Accredited Agencies
List of training agencies accredited to provide asbestos worker training and issue Asbestos Worker cards