Bill Williams, staff consultant at PM Environmental, recently earned accreditation as an Asbestos Inspector in New York State.
Williams attended an in-depth, three-day Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA)/Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)/New York State accredited Asbestos Building Inspector Program. The course included a combination of demonstrations, practical application, and lectures.
In order for companies to safely perform asbestos-related activities, its workers must be licensed in a particular area. To earn the required certification, employees must attend courses from an approved training provider.
Going into the training, Williams said he was looking forward to learning more about asbestos as well as the various health effects attributed to asbestos exposure. "I wanted to learn how to identify asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) and understand the potential health effects associated with it,” said Williams. “I also wanted to understand how to mitigate its health effects.”
During the course, he learned how to identify ACMs, their health effects, the associated regulations, and the scope of work needed to complete an effective sampling event and asbestos report.
“This certification improves my ability to identify potential ACMs in order to complete stronger Phase I reports,” said Williams. “I will now have the ability to sample potential ACMs in support of due diligence activities as well as confidently provide oversight for any asbestos contractors we hire.”