Asbestos Training and Certification

People who work with asbestos outside their own homes need to be properly trained and then certified through the North Dakota Department of Health. The type of training and certification a person receives depends upon the type of work the individual does. Currently, the North Dakota Department of Health Asbestos Control Program certifies individuals in six different disciplines: asbestos inspector, asbestos management planner, asbestos abatement project designer, asbestos abatement supervisor, asbestos abatement worker and asbestos abatement project monitor. Each discipline allows a person to perform specific types of work; the definitions for each discipline are as follows:

  • Asbestos inspector - Any person who inspects facilities for asbestos-containing materials. Only certified asbestos inspectors may take samples for asbestos analysis.
  • Asbestos management planner - Any person who develops facility plans for the management of asbestos-containing materials.
  • Asbestos abatement project designer - Any person who develops the plans, specifications and designs for an asbestos abatement project.
  • Asbestos abatement supervisor - Any person employed by the asbestos contractor, including a public employee, who supervises certified workers engaged in asbestos removal, encapsulation, enclosure and repair. Supervisors may include those individuals with the position title of foreman, working foreman or lead-man pursuant to collective bargaining agreements.
  • Asbestos abatement worker - An employee or agent of an asbestos contractor, or a public employee engaged in the abatement of more than three square feet [0.28 square meters] or three linear feet [0.91 meters] of friable asbestos material, except for individuals engaged in abatement work at their private residences.
  • Asbestos abatement project monitor - Any person employed to monitor an asbestos removal project to ensure any of the following:
  1. The removal is conducted in accordance with state and federal regulations.
  2. State-of-the-art work practices are employed.
  3. The abatement is conducted as designed.
  4. Personal and ambient air samples are collected properly.

Asbestos abatement project monitors working in North Dakota also must be certified by the state as either an asbestos abatement project designer or an asbestos abatement supervisor. Project designers who do not ensure that personal and ambient air samples are collected properly and employees of the asbestos removal contractor do not need to be certified as project monitors to perform the services above when working on their own projects.

North Dakota Department of Health
Division of Air Quality
918 East Divide Avenue, 2nd Floor

Phone: 701.328.5188
Fax: 701.328.5185

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